By Chris Wright
“Wayne? Oh, nothing…”
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has sprung to the defense of his England cohort Wayne Rooney after a turbulent few weeks that have seen the Manchester United striker’s stock sink lower than Joachim Loew at low tide in Lowestoft.
Lampard’s impassioned plea is far too long to reproduce in full, but here are the choice cuts (of which there are many):
“People who call [Rooney] thick, it’s just a lazy thing to say by looking at him and saying, ‘He’s a footballer, he looks quite tough because he’s come from that background,’ and all that kind of stuff, but he is sharp.
“I think the people who are calling him thick have got a certain element of thickness about them.
“He’s a confident boy and he has a sensitive side to him. During the World Cup we’d sit in a room together and watch some of the other games and stuff like that.
“He’s a very sensitive lad, you can have a good conversation with him about anything you want.”
Feeling queasy yet? Well hang on to your breakfast, because there’s more where that