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England's Wayne Rooney gets another chance to redeem himself
England's Wayne Rooney gets another chance to redeem himself

In soccer-mad England, some fans and media cannot resist placing a designated player on a pedestal so they can try to knock him off. As former teen wunderkind Wayne Rooney, who succeeded David Beckham atop the perch, pushes 30, he carries the dual reputation of a top-flight performer who has yet to fulfill his vast potential. Rooney has rarely disappointed with his club teams. National squad events, primarily the World Cup, have been another story, which complicates the impression of him. In Brazil, Rooney assisted on England's goal during last week's loss to Italy but was largely inconspicuous from the left wing. If media speculation is on target, he will return to...

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