England legend Kevin Keegan says
their dream of lifting the World Cup this summer rests on one man — Wayne
Keegan, who captained his country
for six years in a 63-cap career, claims the Manchester United striker is
indispensible to the nation’s hopes in South Africa.
He said: “England could lose
any of the other players and, whilst it would be a blow, it wouldn’t be a fatal
“But, if England lost Rooney,
I would say they have no chance then because he’s the one player who can
sprinkle some stardust on the team.
“Everyone will have their key
player. Ours is Rooney and, if he performs well and plays to his very best,
then I think England can get to the semi-finals.”
Keegan also managed England at Euro
2000 and was full of praise for current boss Fabio Capello.
But he knows from experience that
he will be under pressure if skipper Rio Ferdinand and his players fail to live
up to their potential.
Keegan, who tipped Argentina to win
the tournament, added: “You can be the nicest guy in the world, you can be
the best coach in the world but if you don’t get results you are not going to
keep your job.
“Capello has had a very, very
good start… but if they have a poor World Cup, then the pressure will come
Meanwhile, Chelsea will fight
Manchester City for England midfield star James Milner.
City have tabled a $45 million
offer after Aston Villa rejected their initial $35m bid.
But now Chelsea have joined the
race and Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti believes the lure of Champions League
football will prove a trump card.
Both City and Villa
missed out on a top-four finish as Tottenham clinched the final Champions
League spot ahead of them.