London: Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane believes England manager Roy Hodgson has a big task of managing star striker Wayne Rooney before he gets to play in their third group match against Ukraine.
Keane believes Rooney would have to deal with boredom, and would have to try preparing mentally for the game.
“Is it going to be difficult for him to focus? Definitely. English and Irish players are the same. I don’t think we are good at hanging around hotels and training camps. I’ve experienced that myself as a player, at club level as well, when you go away in pre-season for a couple of weeks,” The Daily Star quoted Keane, as saying.
“The big problem Wayne will have is the boredom, mentally trying to build up for a game. Wayne wouldn’t be a great one for sitting around. As you get older, you might be married and have kids. You might appreciate the peace and quiet. But Wayne is still young, he’s pretty active mentally,” he added.
“Roy Hodgson will have to manage that, get the balance of what he does on the training pitch right. He has to keep sharp, but without overdoing it or getting irritated,” he said.
England’s final warm-up match against Belgium at Wembley comes a week later, with their first Group D clash against France nine days on.
“If he’s not playing in the first couple of games, I’ll not expect him to play in the friendlies. So Wayne could go into his first game having not kicked a ball for four or five weeks. There are pluses and minuses,” Keane said.