"Derby's victory was Wayne Rooney's first senior match since DC United's MLS play-off defeat by Toronto FC on 25 October."
"Rams manager Phillip Cocu had no hesitation putting 34-year-old Rooney straight into the starting XI and making him captain, citing his 'leadership' qualities."
Leadership isn't wearing the captain's arm band when you're down 5-1 in extra time and as lone striker you can't be bothered so you pull up on a run to chase a ball against a lone defender that your own back line cleared the ball towards.
It’s astonishing he has a contract in Serie A. The man barely broke a sweat to run in MLS. Yes, he still had good touch and a nose for the goal but defensively he was a liability. Then again Serie A made Pirlo look like a god in his mid 30s where he was complete rubbish in a more athletic league.
The German team to support would be Saint Pauli. Old stadium in centre of Hamburg. A bit lefty and right-on but their supporters pub St. Pauli Eck was really nice - even though Hamburg beer is not great -and the landlady gave us all little lapel badges as souvenirs ten years ago. It is not in the top flight at the moment but that does not worry me.