Rooney baiting resumes and his pal Neville is furious

Wayne Rooney is again under fire from the English media for poor performances at World Cup finals and Manchester United coach Phil Neville is outraged.

Suggestions for Rooney to be dropped are widespread and Neville, a coach at Manchester United who used to play alongside the striker at club and international level, said it is a “witch hunt.”

Rooney’s place in Roy Hodgson’s side is being debated ahead of Saturday’s game against Italy.

Neville said he is certain that Rooney will finally deliver this time, like he did at Euro 2004.

“I just think it is a witch hunt we don’t need,” Neville said. “Everything has been going so well with the team’s preparation that people are looking for a negative now. But there isn’t a negative with Wayne.”

But the sniping continues. Rooney did not impress in the last two World Cups and Paul Scholes, his former United and England teammate, recently suggested that at 28 the striker is already past his peak.

Meanwhile, football fans in the Cayman Islands are pulling on their national jerseys in preparation of watching their favorite teams.

The tournament kicks off on Thursday with an opening ceremony at 1.30 p.m. Cayman time then the match between Brazil and Croatia at 3 p.m.

The most popular bars to watch the action in are likely to be Duke’s, Legendz, Karoo, Lone Star, PD’s, Chelsea’s, Stingers, Coconut Joe’s, Club House, Fidel Murphy’s and Welly’s Cool Spot.

Matches can be seen on Island 24 as well as Channel 24 on WestStar.