World Cup Press Review: Luis Suarez Returns for Uruguay, Rooney a 'Rooserve'?

BR-UK StaffFeatured Columnist IVJune 16, 2014


There are still not one but two editions to be published before England's next World Cup group game, yet Britain's national newspapers cannot stop fixating on what is essentially a do-or-die encounter against Uruguay.

Monday's papers focused almost exclusively on Wayne Rooney's role within the team, with disagreements over where—or even if—the Manchester United man would play against the Celeste on Thursday.

That debate continues on Tuesday's back pages, although the Daily Telegraph instead opt to lead on a powerful image of another striker they expect to play in that game, Luis Suarez.

The Daily Express, with the headline "I'm coming for you," also highlight Suarez's availability to face the Three Lions after he missed his country's Costa Rica defeat while continuing his recovery from recent knee surgery.

The Sun are the first paper to continue the focus on Rooney, going with the reasonably amusing headline, "Sorry Wayne, I want you to be a...Rooserve."

The Times go with the same line (albeit in more restrained fashion) while also noting Suarez's availability.

Why do those papers believe Rooney will now be benched? The Daily Mirror reveals all, as they focus on the fact Rooney was asked to train with other back-up squad members during Monday's session.

Finally, however, are The Independent—who deserve credit for focusing on the football that was actually played on Monday rather than what is still to come. They lead on Germany's demolition of Portugal with the short but sweet headline "Mullered." Simple, but effective.