Former England Manager Fabio Capello irritated by Rooney's recent claims that some of his tactical ideas "got lost in translation". In the wake of England's Euro 2012 ouster and Rooney's poor performances, the Italian told italian radio:.
"After seeing the latest game, I think Rooney only understands Scottish,"
"That's because he only plays well in Manchester, where Sir Alex Ferguson speaks Scottish."
Questions have been asked about Rooney's failure to reproduce his top form in major tournaments. It is a fact that the 26-year-old has never come close to making the same impact he makes when playing for Manchester united.
Whilst manager Roy Hodgson does not seem too concerned, captain Steven Gerrard admitted there were problems that needed to be solved in the team.
Others feel the amount of rest England's top players get is a factor and once again there have been calls for a winter break.
Medical experts have previously added their voice to the calls for breaks mid-season breaks, believing this would reduce the number of serious injuries in the latter half of the season.
All four Euro 2012 semi-finalists enjoy a winter break but the huge competing interests in England have made it impossible.
Whatever happens, England's not been enjoying international competitions in recent years.