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Can England cope without Rooney?
Wayne Rooney is looking at two months out after breaking his foot in Manchester United’s goalless draw with Reading on Sunday.
The good news for Alex Ferguson is that the Carlos Tevez deal has finally been tied up, with the Argentine standing by to make his debut against Portsmouth on Wednesday. You could even argue that it might be positive for United in the long run, as it should give Tevez a good long run in the team.
Unfortunately, England coach Steve McClaren has no such ready made substitute and the loss of Rooney is only going to complicate an already tricky qualifying picture for Euro 2008.
England are in fourth place in Group E and they will now have to go into crucial home games against Israel and Russia next month without their chief striker. With Michael Owen struggling with injury, and Peter Crouch suspended for the Israel game, it could be a big problem for the coach.
So can England recover from the loss of Rooney and clinch the six points they need from those two games. And who should McClaren pick to lead the line in next month’s qualifiers? Michael Chopra made a bit of a name for himself at the weekend. Does he deserve a chance?