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Ed Balls: Wayne Rooney worth the big salary

Manchester United star Wayne Rooney's reported £300,000 a week should not be controlled as his talent attracts the high salary, shadow chancellor Ed Balls has suggested.

Mr Balls said in the footballer's case it was perhaps "genuinely the talent getting the pay" as there is "only one Wayne Rooney" who could go anywhere in the world.

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls supports Wayne Rooney receiving a 'big' salary. Credit: PA

Mr Balls made the remarks after he was questioned about Business Secretary Vince Cable's comments in the Observer that he did not understand "why people need a million quid a year".

He told BBC Radio 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics: "I think in some parts of our economy - when it's not a great idea or when it's not the talent of Wayne Rooney - then you do think to yourself these massive multimillion-pound salaries, it feels like a bit of a Ponzi scheme."

Wayne Rooney was approached by Scotland

Former Scotland manager Berti Vogts has revealed that he approached a teenage Wayne Rooney about playing for Scotland.

Wayne Rooney playing for England against Australia on his national team debut in 2003. Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Vogts, who was in charge of Scotland from 2002 to 2004, said he was made aware of a family link when Rooney was a 16-year-old with Everton.

He said: "I spoke to Wayne Rooney - his grandmother, she is Scottish.

"The Scottish Football Association found the grandmother and I made the call. I flew from Glasgow to Everton. He was playing under David Moyes at Everton and I spoke to him - a young lad of 16 years of age. I said to him 'you can play for Scotland'."

Explaining Rooney's reaction, the German coach beat his chest theatrically and said: "(Rooney told me) 'I am English, I am English'. Okay, sorry. You have to speak to the player but he told me 'I'm so sorry boss, I'm English'."

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Report: Rooney could miss Liverpool and England game

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United Credit: Martin Rickett/PA

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will miss United's game against Liverpool and could miss England's crucial World Cup games against Moldova and Ukraine after receiving a head injury, the Sunday Mirror has reported.

Rooney is believed to have received 10 stitches for a head gash suffered in training on Saturday.

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Wayne Rooney 'will not make transfer request'

Wayne Rooney looks set to stay at Manchester United it has been reported he will not be handing in a transfer request.

The England striker has been strongly linked with a move to Premier League rivals Chelsea before next week's transfer deadline, but United have insisted he is not for sale.

Wayne Rooney is not expected to force a move away from Manchester United. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho yesterday called on Rooney to decide whether he wants to leave Old Trafford, but without an official transfer request the move to west London would appear highly unlikely.

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Rooney starts for England


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Wayne Rooney's Manchester United future in doubt

Wayne Rooney is "angry and confused" over David Moyes' apparent comments that he sees the striker as back-up to Robin van Persie, according to Press Association sources.

Wayne Rooney. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Manchester United are remaining silent over the affair but the England international's future at Old Trafford is now in doubt, with Chelsea the bookmakers favourite to sign the forward.

The 27-year-old has no intention of playing second fiddle to last season's top scorer van Persie or being reduced to the rank of a squad player.

Rooney was sent home from the club's pre-season tour in Thailand after suffering from a hamstring injury.

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'Rooney's didn't have wristbands to go backstage'

Security officials man the gate to the backstage area of the Pyramid Stage

Officials have confirmed that Wayne and Coleen Rooney were stopped from going backstage at Glastonbury Festival because they "didn't have the right wristbands".

The Rooney's tried to persuade security guards to let them into the backstage area for Dizzee Rascal's performance but were turned away.

Wayne Rooney is turned away by security guard
Wayne Rooney is turned away by security guard Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Klay odds offered on footie stardom and Special K ads

The birth and unusual naming of Wayne and Coleen Rooney's second son Klay has kicked off a new wave of audacious bets on the baby's future and the couple's next child.

The newborn boy is 10/1 to play in the Premier League like his father, but with far longer odds to turn out for either of his teams.

Klay is rated 50/1 with Ladbrokes to appear for Manchester United, 100/1 to play for Everton and the same odds to earn a senior England cap.

The bookmaker also offers odds on the Rooneys continuing the trend of baby names beginning with K, having also named their first son Kai.

Punters can get 5/4 on the third Rooney child following suit, or 4/6 on Wayne and Coleen opting for a name beginning with a different letter upon having another baby.

Any member of the Rooney family advertising Special K cereal is rated at 20/1, while the following names are all given long odds:

  • Kourtney 25/1
  • Karter 33/1
  • Kassius 40/1
  • Kris 40/1
  • Khloe 50/1
  • Kim 50/1
  • Krystal 66/1
  • Kristy 66/1
  • Kanye 80/1
  • Keith 100/1
  • Kevin 100/1
  • Kallum 100/1
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