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Keane warns Hodgson over Rooney’s free time

by Sean Goff | May 24, 2012

WHATCHA FANCY TODAY: Wayne and Coleen will have less time at the races before Euro 2012

The words pot, kettle and black spring to mind.

We at Power Tower nearly choked on our Euro 2012 football coupon when we read in the London Independent that one Mr Roy Keane was dishing out advice to Roy Hodgson on how to manage Wayne Rooney’s free-time in the run-up to the tournament.

 “I think Waynewill have a big problem with the boredom, mentally trying to build up for a game,” said Keane.

“English and Irish players are the same, I don’t think we are good at hanging around hotels and training camps in the middle of nowhere.

“As you get older you might be married and have kids, you might appreciate the peace and quiet, butWayneis still young, he’s pretty active, mentally.”

Granted Rooney’s never been great when faced with too much time on his hands but older viewers may remember Roy’s performance or lack thereof at the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup adventure in Saipan 2002, their last appearance at a major championship.

Keane eventually left, was sent home in disgrace, or just couldn’t be arsed depending on your point of view and not even Tommie Gorman could persuade him to return.

Think of the children Roy

Rooney is potentially facing five weeks without a competitive game from United’s win over Sunderland on the last day of the Premier League season to his return from international
suspension against the Ukraine in England’s last Group D game against the Ukraine.

And while the 26-year striker will hope to build on his international goalscoring tally of 28 goals in 73 caps for England, it’s not hard to see why he’s 33/1 in Paddy Power’s Top Goalscorer market.

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