Sunday, 22 April 2012

Alex Ferguson Fumes Over Wayne Rooney's Olympic Call

Wayne Rooney
SIR ALEX Ferguson is furious that Wayne Rooney is in line for a sensational call-up to Great Britain's Olympics team.

The Manchester United striker is being pencilled in by boss Stuart Pearce to fire the country to a gold medal i
n the summer.

And he is one of TEN Reds in the frame for a place along with Jonny Evans, Ryan Giggs and Ashley Young.

The news is a huge shock as Rooney is expected to travel with England the Euro 2012 tournament a month earlier in June.

But Pearce may feel he could play in both competitions as he will miss the opening two games for his country in the Ukraine because of suspension.

That would mean Rooney may only get 90 minutes of action this summer if England are knocked out at the group stage.

And if he is feeling fresh, the striker could try his luck at a once in a lifetime chance to win an Olympic gold.

The news of Pearce's attempts to snap up the best talent from Old Trafford is playing havoc with United's best laid plans to put together a pre-season capable of catapulting them into a title race.

Ferguson had hoped to take a full squad on a tour of either the Far East or the USA but that looks unlikely now.

Although he will not lose all ten players to the Team GB because of the rule only three overage stars can feature in the squad, he might lose the core of his British players whilst keeper David de Gea will play for Spain in the Olympics and Javier Hernandez for the Mexicans.

And five more of his best young talents are wanted by England under-19's side for a competition in Estonia in July - if they win through the Elite round next month.

He said: ``We've only got ten players nominated for Team GB! It's a joke. It's ridiculous to be honest, there are so many complications attached to it - you've got the European Championships and our pre-season tour.

``De Gea is definitely in the Olympics for Spain so we are missing a goalkeeper, Hernandez is definitely in the Mexican squad, they have called him up so that's two right away and the ten nominated by Team GB.

``One of those is our young goalkeeper Ben Amos which leaves us only one goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard to start the season with.

``Then England youth team U-19s are in a competition and the FA have nominated five of our players who we were intending to take with us on our pre-season tour so it's utter chaos, absolute chaos.''

Ferguson confirmed he is unable to stop any of his players turning out for their country - even though it will blow apart his plans for next season.

He added: ``Ryan Giggs is nominated along with Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck, Smalling, Jones and Cleverley - Jesus Christ. It is bloody serious, it's the start of the season coming up.

``I haven't got a say in it but if the players don't want to go there is nothing they can do about it.

``I certainly have no jurisdiction over de Gea. It is up to the players themselves but at this stage of his career I don't think it's a bad thing for him anyway.

"I've no idea how badly other clubs are affected but I would imagine Tottenham with Gareth Bale, Jermaine Defoe, Kyle Walker, Aaron Lennon and Michael Dawson - they will have a few. So will Aston Villa - that's all Alex McLeish bloody needs."

Pearce this week cut his provisional squad down to 80 players and will reduce it to just 18 names in late May.

Other big names in the frame for a spot are David Beckham, Joe Cole, Craig Bellamy and Gareth Bale.


Amos, Evans, Smalling, Jones, Giggs, Cleverley, Rooney, Welbeck, Young, Carrick. 

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