FIFA Experts Praise England Striker Wayne Rooney Despite World Cup 2010 Flop

'Hard working' striker earns official plaudit...
FIFA have praised England striker Wayne Rooney for his World Cup 2010 performance despite his disappointing failure to repeat his Manchester United form.

Rooney, 24, came into the tournament after a stellar season at club level but failed to get on the score sheet in South Africa. Despite mirroring underperforming star Frank Lampard, John Terry and Gareth Barry, the centre forward received plaudits in the organisation's technical report.

It described Rooney as a "hard-working, energetic striker; worked hard for team; good technique".

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard was also praised as a "dynamic midfielder with good vision and technique, who linked defence and attack".

The report stated that Ashley Cole - perceived as England's top performer in South Africa - was a "competitive left-back with good technique, made forceful attacking runs".

Ex-Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier was part of the 16-man technical study group that compiled the document.

In it is stressed the points that the Three Lions contained "strong, hard-working players" with "aerial strength used effectively at set pieces in defence". It further picked out their "rapid transition from defence to attack", "attacks using the width" and "effective use of full-backs".

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