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"The new Pele"

He's exciting all right, but if I were England's coach I'd ban the use of the word "Pele" when discussing 18-year-old Wayne Rooney. Using the term himself is almost indefensible.

That the papers in England have gone mad is understandable. Rooney's pair of goals in the 4-2 victory over Croatia booked a place for England in the quarter-finals of the European Championship.

Rooney's been spectacular thus far. But he's a marked man now, and the defenders will close down the space around him. It will be up to his teammates to pick up the slack if England are to make the semis for the first time on foreign soil. Portugal stands in the way, playing at home with an extra day's rest. England have looked the better side thus far, but their defending on free kicks has been abysmal. Should be a great match.