Rooney set to miss SA tour

2012-06-29 16:23

Cape Town – England striker Wayne Rooney will be among players rested for Manchester United’s tour of South Africa and China next month, according to reports in the English press.

The Daily Mirror first reported on Friday that Rooney -- currently holidaying in California with his wife Coleen after the national team’s exit in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 to finalists Italy – as well as England colleagues Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones, will stay behind for a pre-season conditioning programme instead.

Also likely to give the safari a miss will be Frenchman Patrice Evra and Portugal’s Nani.

The Red Devils play AmaZulu in Durban on July 18 before shifting to Cape Town Stadium on July 21 to take on Ajax Cape Town – well over 40,000 tickets have already been sold for the second fixture.

Rooney was suspended for England’s first two matches at the European Championships, and then produced ordinary performances against Ukraine and Italy.

He represented England at the 2010 World Cup on our shores, but also failed to catch fire then and played in the turgid 0-0 draw against Algeria, also at Cape Town Stadium.

But United are likely to still have in their tour ranks names like David de Gea, Rio Ferdinand, Anderson, Dimitar Berbatov, Chris Smalling, Ji-sung Park, Nemanja Vidic and the evergreen Ryan Giggs.


  • Fred - 2012-06-29 17:19

    So, I suppose we pay1st team ticket prices to watch a 2nd team play

      banks.mokhachane - 2012-06-29 17:28

      they dnt care abwt their worldwide fans

      scnzama - 2012-06-29 17:29

      I will watch these games on DSTV or rather SABC,i will neva pay 2 watch a B side Man United

  • cherri.pye.5 - 2012-06-29 17:59

    I'm a Man U supporter, but I wouldn't waste money on tickets to see these games. They do this every time they come here.

      Patrick Cawood - 2012-06-30 00:41

      U obviously are not a Utd supporter then Make the most of an amazing opportunity I think Sir Alex knows best

  • - 2012-06-29 18:15

    Who Cares! A B U!

  • Keith - 2012-06-29 18:43

    I guess that's why the gave JZ Nr 10 Jersey, might run out in Rooney's place.

  • Patrick Cawood - 2012-06-30 00:43

    Utd have more to offer than those they are leaving out Stop being so negative You should be lucky they are making the effort

  • marcusvandermerwe - 2012-06-30 08:41

    Just after I paid a rediculous price for tickets. Very nice, cowards!!!

  • lucien.langenhoven - 2012-07-02 10:20

    Everyone is complaining they paid so much... There are so many others that make the United team great. You guys never paid "ridiculous" amounts to watch a B team. People in UK pay £50 to see utd play without Rooney. It's still a good chance to see Utd play, I'd pay that price to see any EPL team play. Guess some folks just expect things to be handed to them for free and still want million dollar service...

  • Craig - 2012-07-03 09:11

    I am glad i have tickets and i don't mind who will be playing as long as i get to see Utd play even if its with a B team, At least Man UTD still come to SA, one day i will still make the trip to UK to watch them play at Old Trafford.

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