Viewing events from high up in the Julian Alps gives one a new perspective on football affairs, and none more so than in the extraordinary case of the virus that caught “Wayne Rooney”.
I can tell you that in much of the world this was a story of considerable concern, and many were deeply worried about the health of the virus. Fortunately as we now know the virus ultimately recovered but the affair does reveal exactly how dangerous a Wayne Rooney can be.
For, as we saw on Wednesday night, while the Wayne Rooney is a totally useless shambles when wearing an English shirt, if a virus catches a Rooney it can do untold damage to the virus as a semi-life-form.
I think we should take far more care when letting things like the Wayne Rooney out. When it happens (as it did last night) GP surgeries should be put on high alert, and there should be leaflets through every door warning the natives of the dangers of children contracting a Wayne Rooney. It is said that one can catch Wayne Rooney just by putting a Wayne Rooney shirt on. While this is of course just a silly story (along with the one that says you can go blind by putting a Wayne Rooney shirt on) it should not be used to cover up the real dangers of Wayne Rooney.
Thankfully life in the virus world has now calmed down, talk of retaliation and mass innoculation of viruses against Wayne Rooney has been set aside, and we can focus on Fulham.
I had a wonderful holiday, and thank you to everyone who took the trouble to write personally both wishing me well for the trip and welcoming me back yesterday. Slovenia is a brilliant, relaxed, clean, calm and friendly country. I recommend it to everyone who knows that just occasionally there is life outside of football and the pub.