Allardyce ‘can’t stop’ Rooney playing ‘wherever’ he wants

Date published: Sunday 4th September 2016 7:29

Wayne Rooney

Sam Allardyce admits Wayne Rooney was allowed to play “wherever he wanted” in England’s 1-0 victory over Slovakia.

Despite being named as the No.10, Rooney often dropped deep, stifling England’s attack at times.

When asked about his position, the England captain told ITV: “That’s where Sam wanted me to play. We worked on it through the week.

“When the team was announced a lot of people thought I was going to play higher, but it suits me.”

However, when asked where Rooney fits in his team, Allardyce then appeared to contradict the player.

“Today Wayne played wherever he wanted to. He was brilliant and controlled midfield. I can’t stop Wayne playing there.

“We aren’t going to make a big deal about it, are we? It’s one players position.”

He added: “It was pretty nerve-racking at the end because the 10 men scenario meant we must win. We got what we deserved in the end and won in the last minute.

“Perhaps their keeper shouldn’t have stayed down so long. Theo Walcott’s was definitely a goal. We have dominated the game and got a very important win.”

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