Wayne Rooney rekindles his jersey

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Andy Murray insists that his ailing hip is not hindering the defence Authentic Gustav Nyquist Womens Jersey of his Wimbledon title. Still, in quieter conversations with Ivan Lendl and the rest of his team, he may find at least a moment to reflect on a few moments of flickering anxiety in his three-set win over Benoît Paire on Centre Court.The world No1 did what he always does: found a way. He expressed himself satisfied with his ball-striking over the two hours and 21 minutes it took to subdue Paire’s transparent yet occasionally exacting challenge, 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-4, and advance to the quarter-finals for the 10th successive time.Indeed, there was little wrong with Murray’s spring-loaded dashes to the net as he turned a string of his opponent’s telegraphed drop-shots into winning points. He admits he would have liked to serve with more consistency and he could have done without 42 unforced errors, although that is not a catastrophic number. He soaked up 10 aces and returned well enough.Nevertheless, across the baseline – the very area where higher-calibre opponents will seek to test his mobility – he was not Authentic Gustav Nyquist Womens Jersey always a wing-footed god.Whether or not that is a minor vulnerability Sam Querrey can exploit when they meet on Wednesday is uncertain. The American’s method is pretty uncomplicated – and he did squander four match points in the fourth set before beating Kevin Anderson, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (11), 6-3 in three hours and seven minutes on Court 18.On Centre Court – where the grass seems to be holding up well enough after days of criticism in the dry, warm conditions – Paire wrongfooted Murray on each wing a few times in the first set, which was to his credit. But it is such a common sight to see the world No1 hunt down the impossible gets that, on those occasions when he did not return the ball with either that trademark backhand lob or running forehand crosscourt that can turn desperation into opportunity, he seemed temporarily frustrated.He put Authentic Gustav Nyquist Womens Jersey that to rights once he had figured out the Frenchman’s threat and, as the exchanges lengthened, so Murray’s self-assurance grew.“Like I said at the beginning of the tournament, I’ll be able to get through seven matches if that’s what I have to do,” he repeated. “Obviously, I want to try to get to the final. I’ve done a good job so far. Today was by far the best I hit the ball, the cleanest I hit the ball. I was happy about that.“The last couple of days, practice has been really good as well. I didn’t feel great during my last match [an elongated fight to get rid of Fabio Fognini over four sets in dwindling light on Friday evening]. I didn’t feel like I played so well, not loads of rhythm in the first two matches, but I definitely felt better today. That’s positive moving into the last few days of the tournament.”“November,” Rooney replied to the question of when he had started to think he had to cut himself free from Old Trafford. “I started the season doing OK. I’d done well, I had a bad game at Watford away, and that was it [out of the team].”And after that? Authentic Gustav Nyquist Womens Jersey “The hardest part was actually lifting the two trophies, the League Cup and the Europa League. You don’t feel like you deserve it because you haven’t been part of the games. That was hard. You’re naturally happy because you have won but you don’t celebrate as much as if you were on the pitch.“It was just a frustrating time. It was the first time in my career I didn’t play. I was on the bench and that’s not me. I needed to play but I was also the captain of Manchester United so I needed to stay positive around the place and try not to bring any negativity. I spoke to José in January to see what his opinions were and he always said he wanted me to stay and help the team until the end of the season. I did that. But I knew I had to leave for my career.”Moving to a suite overlooking the Goodison pitch, Rooney made it clear he had abandoned his wish to reinvent himself as a midfielder and would be leading from the front for Ronald Koeman’s team.Beyond that, there is next year’s World Cup and the sense, perhaps, that his England career should not be talked about in the past tense, after all. “If I had gone to China, which was an option, then I would have called it a day,” Rooney said. Not on Merseyside, though. “I want to play for England. You can’t get in the England squad because of what you have done before. You need to be playing well to represent your country. I understand that and I respect that. That’s what I have to do now.”The second coming will begin at home to Stoke City on 12 August but it would be wrong to assume his return to Old Trafford on 17 September is the fixture that will mean the most to him in the coming season.Rooney deadpanned that he would be going back to Manchester, the club where he won 12 major trophies and scored more goals than any other player in history, with the sole aim of trying to win three points. But his eyes lit up when someone asked if there was a date circled in red in his diary. “There’s already one: the Liverpool game [9 December]. That was one of my biggest regrets when I left Everton, not scoring in the derby. I came on in my first one [a 0-0 draw in December 2002] and I hit the crossbar. To score against Liverpool for Everton? That would be great.”


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