EURO 2012: England can’t make it without Rooney – Nani

Portugal winger and Manchester United forward man, Nani opined that England will not go far into the Euro 2012 tournament not talk of making it out of the group stage as Wayne Rooney is not in the line-up of the three lions.

Rooney got himself suspended after the opening two games in Ukraine as he was red-carded in the qualifying clash when England faced Montenegro in October 2011.

A major headache that is for England Manager Roy Hodgson who is looking at either Danny Welbeck or Andy Carroll as possible replacements for the England striker as they prepare to face France  and Sweden on Monday and June 15th respectively.

Rooney teammate at Manchester United expressed his fear that not pitching Wayne Rooney for England will the campaign in EURO 2012 earlier than planned for he is a key player for England that will be missed in the two games and the spate of injuries to key players could mean England will be on an early plane out of Ukraine.

According to the 25 year old Portuguese player, “Rooney is angry about his absence because he knows he’s the man to score goals and he won’t be there working for the team. I sincerely want England to reach the quarter-finals, but it’s not going to be easy”.

He said the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry are vulnerable because they are suffering in all departments of the team as these players are so important for the team and their replacements are not at the same level.

However, England captain Steven Gerard claims the lower expectation levels on his side may actually work in their favour this time around.

Man.City will fight back- Mancini

Manchester City Coach, Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini has insisted that Manchester City can still spring up this season as the London club will be having an engagement that will decide their stay in hot contention for the English Premiership title this season or mar their chance this weekend.

Mancini’s boys held the topmost position for five whole months clinching to the number one position thereby making Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal jostle for the top spot, however City lost their opportunity to remain number one as they let Manchester United who are home rivals overtake them on the EPL table few weeks ago with scoring late goals no thanks to Wayne Rooney with seven games remaining to be played.

Mancini admitted earlier in the week that defeat for his team at Arsenal this weekend, coupled with a win for rivals Manchester United over QPR, would all but hand the trophy to Sir Alex Ferguson’s men – who would increase their lead to eight points.

The coach who hails from Italy has said he is no way at all giving up the fight for the title as he believes that his squad can get back to the top spot for they will be fighting to the end, in the hope that United do slip up in their remaining games – which include a trip to the Etihad Stadium.

He also said that seven games is a long way from here as anything can happen in that United can lose points by losing a few games after all they (Man. City) lost four points in two games and that they (United) win all their games then congratulation but for Manchester City the fight is still on for the title.