Much is made of Rooney’s partnership with Emile Heskey, and it’s true that they did perform very well together during the World Cup Qualifiers.
The two had never been paired together under previous England managers, but under Capello they have played together 11 times and struck six goals between them in those games, five for Rooney. They average a goal between them every 105 minutes.
When paired with Defoe under Capello the pair have scored three (two for Defoe) in nine matches but these have been shorter appearances and the average compares well to that of Rooney-Heskey, with a goal coming every 109 minutes on average.
However, it is when paired with Peter Crouch that Rooney has the most impressive stats. In eight games together under Capello, the pair has scored seven goals (four for Rooney, three for Crouch) at an impressive rate of a goal every 38 minutes.
Sadly for Darren Bent, the only other forward included in England’s provisional 30-man squad, he has only played once with Rooney and both failed to find the net last November, although they were playing against Brazil.