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Rooney has a dig at Drogba ahead of Champions League final

The war of words between Manchester United and Chelsea has begun ahead of Wednesday's Champions League final, with Wayne Rooney having a dig at Didier Drogba, questioning the Ivorian player's temperament.

"Sometimes he seems as if his head's not quite there," said the England striker and author of the penetrating analysis of the lot of a modern footballing wage slave, Wayne Rooney: My Story So Far.

But again speaking of Drogba, the Croxteth native added: "When he's at his best he's an unbelievable player. He's big, strong, he scores goals ... at times he's unplayable." A place on the BBC or SKY clichéd pundit's couch beckons for Wayne whenever he decides to hang up his boots.

Football news now. Chelsea boss Avram Grant is set to play a front three with either Florent Malouda or Salomon Kalou joining Drogba and Joe Cole in a Vicky Cristina Barcelona style footballing threesome. And it looks as if Malouda will get to play Penelope Cruz to Drogba's Javier Bardem, having been a regular in European games up until now.

Four into three just doesn't go, so erstwhile midfielder and Nurse Betty star Michael Essien is set to take one for the team and start at right-back. That will leave Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack and Claude Makelele to clutter up midfield like the latest Facebook quizzes on your profile page in Chelski's tried and trusted 4-3-3 formation.

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