Rooney on ‘big over-reaction’ to midfield move

Date published: Monday 5th September 2016 2:45

Wayne Rooney

England captain Wayne Rooney insists too much is being made of the role he plays in the side.

In the days leading up to Sunday’s 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Slovakia, manager Sam Allardyce had said he did not see the Manchester United forward as a midfielder.

But in Sunday’s match Rooney started in a withdrawn role and dropped deeper in the second half following the introduction of Dele Alli.

Afterwards Allardyce said he was happy for the player to make his own decisions on his positioning but Rooney does not understand the fuss.

“Too much is getting made about it,” he told Sky Sports.

“I’m playing on the pitch for England. I’m captain of the team and I feel I can do a very good job in the role.

“It’s headlines for a lot of people but of course it’s about the team and about us winning. I played in that role and helped us win the game.

“I’ve done it my whole career and suddenly it’s big news. It’s not a big thing and I think there’s a big over-reaction to it.

“I am happy where I’m playing and I think I’m doing a good job.”

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