No escaping Wayne's foot
- 7 Jun 06, 01:46 PM
BADEN-BADEN Wayne Rooney does not just possess the most famous metatarsal in England - his foot is now at the centre of world debate.
I attended England's morning training session as Rooney flew back to Manchester for the scan that will send a nation into either delight or despair.
And it quickly became clear Wayne's foot is not just a national obssession in England, it has created a monster of amateur medics across the globe.
Members of the English media were eagerly claimed by foreign television crews from around the world to give their considered verdicts on the foot that is haunting a nation.
Indeed, it can now almost take its place in history alongside one of the most famous injuries in sporting history, namely Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann's broken neck in the 1956 FA Cup final.
Trautmann played on with the injury to help City to victory and has since become one of the game's most revered figures.
So it was a pleasure to see Trautmann as guest of honour at the Mayor of Baden-Baden's eagerly-anticipated (well eagerly-anticipated by me anyway) media reception.
Still sprightly, he demonstrated he could have made a career in the diplomatic corps, steering cleverly around "that" goal in the 1966 World Cup final and skilfully refusing to answer who would win a meeting of England and Germany 40 years on.
He did come off the fence to suggest England would be taking a massive risk pairing injury-troubled strikers Rooney and Michael Owen.
But there was one slight worry for Sven-Goran Eriksson as he waits for the big job offers to roll in post-World Cup.
He may not be quite as famous as he thinks - Bert couldn't remember his name.