Chelsea

Rooney, Gerrard & The Nasty Rumours…

If there were prizes for being associated with unsavoury stories, England players would have won the biggest gold cup, urinated in it, pawned it, been sick over the pawnbroker and sent an MMS to a hairdresser of themselves naked, pleasuring themselves over the money.

There is a storm brewing over Fabio Capello’s ambitions. Brewing far above the high altitude pitches of South Africa.

So what’s the hold up, then? Publish and be damned! Or are these weaseling tales simply one way tickets to the Libel Courts? There is an element of that. There’s also an element of what could be called Daily Mailitus. No one wants a dose of that. One minute you’re a clever little whistle blower. The next Gary Lineker walks out on you and you’re accused of derailing the nation’s World Cup bid.

The word is that that Gerrard story, has legs. And that there is a direct corelation between the England captain waiting until after the tournament to make his announcement on where he’ll be playing next season. The press are sitting on this one for maximum impact. But not the sort of impact that enrages a nation currently in the throes of merrily decking every car, window sill and garden gate with the flag of St. George.

Rooney is another time-bomb job. ‘Rooney’s Gold’ has to be the very definition of an unauthorized biography.

“Rough, working class, surrounded by an unlikely crew – including a dodgy agent, a crooked lawyer, tarts and gangsters – Rooney’s Gold looks at the ­characters who have been attracted to the fabulous money Rooney gets for kicking a pig’s bladder around a field.”

John Sweeney is the author and big hitter law firm Schillings are Rooney’s firm who so far have managed to spook WHS from placing a single order for what is tipped to be an explosive book.

Elsewhere, Chelsea stars try to keep up in the infamy stakes. Ashley Cole is romantically linked with a woman that Cheryl Cole’s mother could be forgiven for mistaking for her daughter. And Ted Terry, John Terry’s dad smiled in court as is flirted with, but avoided a custodial sentence for selling cocaine. On film

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