Toshack wary of Rooney's skill.
Byline: By Paul Walker
John Toshack John Benjamin Toshack OBE (born 22 March 1949) is a football manager and former player. He is the current manager of the Welsh national football team. Life and playing career knows all about player power ( he has been through it a million times. And he knows all about 4-5-1, or whatever label is put on a supposed new idea.
But the Wales Wales, Welsh Cymru, western peninsula and political division (principality) of Great Britain (1991 pop. 2,798,200), 8,016 sq mi (20,761 sq km), west of England; politically united with England since 1536. The capital is Cardiff. manager has survived it all in nearly 30 years of management and emerged with the doctrine that the collective is always more important than one player.
Whether that player in question was David Beckham Editing of this page by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled due to vandalism. he would not reveal, but you sensed the 56-year-old was inwardly smiling about the latest tactical revolution coming out of the England camp, and the uproar surrounding how Sven-GUran Eriksson came up with the plan.
Toshack knows he is taking on a daunting daunt
tr.v. daunt·ed, daunt·ing, daunts
To abate the courage of; discourage. See Synonyms at dismay.
[Middle English daunten, from Old French danter, from Latin task when he sends out his youthful, new-look Wales side against the English in Cardiff, but he can still see the amusing side of Sven's troubles.
Toshack said: "People have been talking about 4-5-1 as if it has just come in from another planet. It's something I was doing 20 years ago and all the better teams in Europe were doing it. They all play with one out-and-out striker. My Real Madrid team in 1990 played with only one striker, Hugo Sanchez, and still scored 107 goals, which is still a record in Spain. It depends who the five are and who the one is!
"I am more concerned with our own problems rather than any that England have. Wright-Phillips should have been involved long ago, but I suppose that gives them a problem with the position he plays.
"As for player power? Well, the game has changed a lot, and I have been in some big clubs with players from all nationalities. South Americans, Africans, Basques Basques (băsks), people of N Spain and SW France. There are about 2 million Basques in the three Basque provs. and Navarre, Spain; some 250,000 in Labourd, Soule, and Lower Navarre, France; and communities of various sizes in Central and South , Russians, Welsh, English, Spanish, the lot.
"They are all different but it is a team game, a collective. And the collective interest must come before any individual interest. The manager must always have that collective interest at heart because he has the most to lose if things don't go well.
"I could talk for days on player power and experiences I have had, but as a manager you should always do what is in the best interest of the collective group."
Toshack's problems are stretching his own limited resources to contain class and talent, and that is why he talks most of Wayne Rooney Wayne Mark Rooney (born 24 October 1985 in Liverpool) is an English footballer who currently plays for the English Premier League club Manchester United and the England national team. ( the supposed lone England striker today.
Toshack says: "Sven, I am sure, will pick the best team to win this match because this is a very important game for England. Rooney is an exceptional talent. Against Newcastle last weekend, we saw his sense of anticipation and the speed he reacts.
"The goal he scored was exceptional. He reacts quicker than others and it's something you cannot teach.
"You could see things from him at a very early age that it is difficult to coach into players.
"In the UK everyone plays in straight lines, we haven't been able to produce players who know how to play just behind front men.
"And Rooney can do it. European and South American sides have a lot more of that type, and Rooney is an outstanding talent in that role."