UEFA EURO 2012 : Wayne Rooney, England v Italy
manager Sir Alex Ferguson says that he expected Wayne Rooney to struggle to make an impact for England
at Euro 2012.
Rooney scored the winner against Ukraine in Kiev, but struggled to make an impact in the Three Lions' quarter final match against Italy, looking off the pace.
The 26-year-old striker missed the first two games of the tournament through suspension as a result of his sending off in the final qualifying game against Montenegro.
And his club manager believes the significant gap between his final competitive game of the season for United and his first game at the European Championships had a detrimental impact on his performance.
"I always thought it was difficult," Ferguson told Sky Sport
s. "We know him better than anybody and he needs a lot of football.
"Wayne's a stocky lad. If he misses a couple of games, it takes him three or four to come back.
"He didn't look as sharp as normal [against Italy]. It is very hard to play two big games in four days."