Wayne Rooney’s enjoying profession is barely chilly within the floor and now we now have this official-version documentary profile. It might all be somewhat untimely, as Rooney-the-manager appears as if he can be simply as fascinating as Rooney-the-player, if not (but) so stellar. However his current travails at Derby County are little doubt too latest, and definitely not triumphal sufficient, to make the grade in a movie designed to reboot the collective reminiscence banks and safe his standing as a footballing nice.
Regardless of his spectacular achievements – a boy marvel, main goalscorer for each Manchester United and the England nationwide group – Rooney was by no means precisely a glamorous determine, both on or off the pitch. This picture was strengthened by a collection of sleazy incidents that ensured he grew to become grubby tabloid fodder. There’s a robust ingredient of reputational rehabilitation right here, with prolonged sequences exhibiting Rooney participating in healthful household actions, meekly accepting criticism from his spouse Coleen, and interviews wherein Rooney does his finest to be frank. His pure defensiveness doesn’t assist, although – alongside together with his intensive deployment of the established footballers’ deflection strategy of speaking about themselves within the second and third particular person.
Nonetheless, Rooney isn’t shy of enlarging on his hardcase early teen years, and takes a public earbashing from Coleen over the tabloid escapades. (No point out of “Wagatha Christie”, although; little doubt that’s being saved for one more documentary.) In truth, Rooney’s want to reveal his soul might but get him into bother, after he reasonably rashly admits to intentionally getting down to harm an opponent in a key sport in opposition to Chelsea – a comment in which the FA is taking an interest. The soccer, in reality, will get somewhat misplaced amongst all this: his worldwide profession was considerably soured by the broader difficulties the England group skilled, and at membership stage, as he himself factors out, his achievements at Manchester United had been overshadowed by the treble-winners of 1999. Maybe that may stay Rooney’s lot, even whether it is clear his story is much from over.
Rooney is launched on 11 February on Amazon Prime Video