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From the back pages, February 16: ‘Rooney rarely rises to the occasion’

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game from the penalty spot

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game from the penalty spot

‘Wayne Rooney fails to perform on the big occasion, although he will eventually beat Bobby Charlton’s league tally at Manchester United’. (The Sun)

‘They don’t understand football’: Mancini blasts critics who say he’ll be sacked if Manchester City lose to Leeds. The City boss says thatif he gets the sack then the other 19 Premiership managers should also be looking for new jobs. (Daily Mirror)

Former Leeds United and USA midfielder Robbie Rogers has revealed he is gay — and has retired from football aged 25. (The Sun)

Despite John Terry saying he is fully fit and ready for first team action, manager Rafa Benitez reckons the defender still needs time to get back in top shape. (Daily Mirror)

Ryan Giggs says England boss Roy Hodgson is making a big mistake by ignoring Man Utd team-mate Rio Ferdinand. The experienced central defender hasn’t figured in England’s plans since Hodgson took over. (Daily Star)

Wales rugby union coach Warren Gatland reckons English players are not very popular among other countries’ players which could effect selection for the Lions tour. (Daily Express)

 

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