Ex-Saint brands Rooney 'chubby'

Vegard Forren

Vegard Forren

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Saints flop Vegard Forren has branded England striker Wayne Rooney "a bit chubby" ahead of Norway's friendly at Wembley on Wednesday night.

Rooney was unveiled as the new England captain last week despite an underwhelming performance at this summer's World Cup, which saw the striker score only one goal.

Norway are placed 53rd in the FIFA world rankings, 33 spots below England, but Forren, who joined Saints for £4m but left without playing a single game for the club, insists he will not be afraid of his opponents at Wembley.

"Rooney looks a bit chubby," Forren told TV2.no "They're obviously good players, and many of them are on good form already after three games in the Premier League but we're looking forward to it."

The match will give Roy Hodgson a final chance to see his players in competitive action before England begin their Euro 2016 qualification campaign in Switzerland on Monday.

Norway last reached the finals of a European Championship in 2000 and the Scandinavian side face a difficult task to qualify from a group that includes Italy and Croatia.

Forren admits the likes of Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling will provide a stern test for him and his team-mates.

"It's almost a bit scary but it's in games like this and experiences like this you want to be able to contribute so I'm looking forward to it," Forren said.

"We know we're a good team so there's no reason for us to walk around thinking we can't stop them."

Forren joined Southampton in January 2013 but returned to Norwegian side Molde six months later, having failed to make a first team appearance at St Mary's.

The 26-year-old defender was linked with a move to Cardiff this summer but says he is happy at his current club.

"I'll be staying in Molde for the rest of the season," Forren said.

"We're enjoying ourselves at the moment and we want to finish the season in the best possible way. I'm very happy I get to be a part of that."

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3:56pm Tue 2 Sep 14

InsideOutCat says...

You can't really brand Forren a "flop" since he never played for the first team.

And anyway, Rooney IS chubby.

And another thing: how come everyone who has a hair transplant ends up ginger?
You can't really brand Forren a "flop" since he never played for the first team. And anyway, Rooney IS chubby. And another thing: how come everyone who has a hair transplant ends up ginger? InsideOutCat
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5:01pm Tue 2 Sep 14

N Ireland Saint says...

Yes he is chubby and very overrated as well.
Yes he is chubby and very overrated as well. N Ireland Saint
  • Score: 17

5:23pm Tue 2 Sep 14

This is Southampton and we are the Saints says...

Chubby is to kind shriek is plan old fat!!!!
Chubby is to kind shriek is plan old fat!!!! This is Southampton and we are the Saints
  • Score: 7

5:44pm Tue 2 Sep 14

gristle says...

Must be terrible being an Ex Saint. The local rag still reports every word you say, and every move you make.
Must be terrible being an Ex Saint. The local rag still reports every word you say, and every move you make. gristle
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7:04pm Tue 2 Sep 14

donni1437 says...

Rooney can lose weight but you aint gonna get any better at football
Rooney can lose weight but you aint gonna get any better at football donni1437
  • Score: 1

7:41pm Tue 2 Sep 14

de Heiligen paard 101 says...

`chubby` that putting it mildly!
I still cant believe roy has made shrek captain of England, he shouldn't even be in the team!
what has shrek done to prove his captaincy qualities? come to think of it what has shrek done to prove he is worthy of being in an England shirt? one decent competition years ago and that's it, every other euros or world cup hes gone to hes failed miserably.
just another example of English big club bias.
I don't want to see roy at sms again this season, he will only be on another poaching mission for the `big` clubs.
`chubby` that putting it mildly! I still cant believe roy has made shrek captain of England, he shouldn't even be in the team! what has shrek done to prove his captaincy qualities? come to think of it what has shrek done to prove he is worthy of being in an England shirt? one decent competition years ago and that's it, every other euros or world cup hes gone to hes failed miserably. just another example of English big club bias. I don't want to see roy at sms again this season, he will only be on another poaching mission for the `big` clubs. de Heiligen paard 101
  • Score: 9

9:34pm Tue 2 Sep 14

fred the red says...

It is interesting to read the take on Roy Hodgson's frequent visits to SMS. It is not quite as simple as people make out. If he had not seen the quality that we had developed in the three (now ex) players he chose, he would be berated for that. It would have given the likes of AL the right to demand a move so that he could be in the frame for England.

The trouble was that, once chosen, one or two who shall be nameless, grew egos that were far too big and thought they were better than they were and deserved to leave the Saints. How ironic that their replacements are at least their equals at a fraction of the price!

The real conundrum though is why, after seeing the performances of Nathaniel Clyne, is he still being overlooked when he is clearly the best
right back qualified to play for England?

Answer on a postcard to.....
It is interesting to read the take on Roy Hodgson's frequent visits to SMS. It is not quite as simple as people make out. If he had not seen the quality that we had developed in the three (now ex) players he chose, he would be berated for that. It would have given the likes of AL the right to demand a move so that he could be in the frame for England. The trouble was that, once chosen, one or two who shall be nameless, grew egos that were far too big and thought they were better than they were and deserved to leave the Saints. How ironic that their replacements are at least their equals at a fraction of the price! The real conundrum though is why, after seeing the performances of Nathaniel Clyne, is he still being overlooked when he is clearly the best right back qualified to play for England? Answer on a postcard to..... fred the red
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7:51am Wed 3 Sep 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

At last we get to see Forren play!
At last we get to see Forren play! Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 5

6:15pm Wed 3 Sep 14

SnapperSaint says...

Poor old Forren, he's never done or said anything against Saints and was treated pretty badly all in all...
Hope he's not very good tonight so we don't think we let his talents slip away from us and also, Mr 'Chubby' et al might even get a chance to score a goal!
Poor old Forren, he's never done or said anything against Saints and was treated pretty badly all in all... Hope he's not very good tonight so we don't think we let his talents slip away from us and also, Mr 'Chubby' et al might even get a chance to score a goal! SnapperSaint
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