And if Robert Earnshaw, whom I still remember for his superb debut and winning goal against Germany in Cardiff, hadn’t missed form five yards?
In the lamented absence of Jack Wilshere, England have no playmaker. Rooney must either be supported up front or allowed to play “in the hole”.
But it was good to see Aaron Ramsey, blessedly and at last fully recovered from that horrific foul at Stoke by Ryan Shawcross, as bright, and effective as he was in at Wembley for Cardiff in that final against Portsmouth.
England will no doubt muddle through to the European finals. And then what?
How fortunate for them that Gary Speed obstinately kept his potential trump card, Gareth Bale, on the right, when he should have been running at a potentially vulnerable Chris Smalling. Ah, managers!