The still young English International didn’t let the minor injury set back ruin his 07/08 season though, and was still able to feature on the cover of FIFA 09 – again with Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho.
This time the FIFA curse hit Rooney harder. He suffered from a virus infection and injury to his malleolar which kept him out of action for a combined 62 days. He missed 11 games for Manchester United this season.
Another young English talent was becoming a household name. Theo Walcott featured on the FIFA 10 cover alongside fellow countrymen Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard.
The FIFA curse hit the featured youngster very hard. His 09/10 season was plagued with injuries. He suffered injuries to his shoulder, back, knee and hamstring, limiting his starts in an Arsenal shirt to only 15 and leaving him on the sidelines for 119 combined days.