It has been a problem that has consumed Me, Steve McClaren and Fabio Capello and all of us - one way or another - have gambled on Rooney saving our skins.
My last words as England manager were a plea to the media not to destroy the player, a day after Rooney's red card at the 2006 World Cup quarter-finals.
McClaren's Euro 2008 qualifying campaign hit the skids with Rooney injured.
Capello's 2010 World Cup campaign was hostage to Rooney's precipitous loss of form.
I liked the boy...