Rooney becomes a father again

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney became a father for the third time when his wife Coleen gave birth to the couple’s third child — Kit Joseph Rooney — on Sunday.

Rooney, 30, announced the arrival of Kit by telling his Twitter followers: “Our gorgeous little boy arrived today. Kit Joseph Rooney. 8lb 1oz. We are over the moon.”

The Rooneys already had two sons in six-year-old Kai and two-year-old Klay.

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Wayne Rooney named England Player of the Year

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been voted England’s Player of the Year for the fourth time after breaking his country’s scoring record, the Football Association announced on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old took his England tally to 51 goals, breaking Bobby Charlton’s longstanding record of 49, and top-scored with seven goals as Roy Hodgson’s side qualified for Euro 2016 with a perfect record of 10 wins.

Rooney, England’s captain, received 37 percent of the votes in a poll of England Supporters Club members. He previously won the award in 2008, 2009 and 2014.

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland, who has produced some impressive performances this season, was elected the Under-21s Player of the Year.

Rooney and Butland, 22, will be presented with their awards prior to England’s friendly against Germany in Berlin on March 26.

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United have no 20-goal strikers – Van Gaal

Despite having Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao at his disposal, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has claimed there are no 20-goal strikers in his squad.

United have been far from prolific this season and their average return of 1.69 goals per game pales by comparison with Premier League pace-setters Chelsea and Manchester City (2.15).

Rooney (nine goals), Van Persie (10) and, in particular, Falcao (four) have struggled to find the net and Van Gaal believes that is one of the reasons why his side are vying for a top-four finish, rather than the title.

“It is true because I cannot deny it,” said the Dutchman in comments published by several British newspapers on Saturday.

“Robin van Persie cannot deny it, Falcao cannot deny it and Rooney — but he is not playing there (up front) so much any more. But we cannot deny that at this moment we don’t have a striker who scores 20 goals in the season.”

Despite Van Gaal’s complaint, all three of his senior strikers have previously surpassed the 20-goal mark in a league season — Van Persie twice, Rooney twice and Falcao three times.

With Van Persie sidelined by an ankle injury, on-loan Monaco striker Falcao was expected to start up front in United’s home game with Sunderland on Saturday.

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