Sam Allardyce insists there is no problem between himself and Wayne Rooney following the former England captain’s reaction to being substituted during the Merseyside derby.
Rooney was given the hook with more than half an hour still remaining at Goodison Park last weekend and his unhappiness with the decision was obvious.
Speaking after the match, Allardyce said he would be happy to talk over the decision with Rooney but he believes the issue has been blown out of proportion.
“We’re all right, no problem,” he said. “Like there’s no problem with Yannick Bolasie and there’s no problem with Tom Davies. All three of those players I substituted last week.
“You’re asking players to be angels. Stop it. We live in a politically correct world as it is, if somebody stamps their feet we’ll be saying you can’t do that. A reaction from a player when he comes off of disappointment is to be expected.
“One would ask him not to do it in the public eye but sometimes that can’t be helped. A man as proud of being an Everton fan as him and playing for Everton, that’s where the reaction came from.”
Rooney has been playing in a deep midfield role but was ineffective against Liverpool and frequently gave the ball away.
“It’s the role he wants to play,” added Allardyce. “Our tactical change was for the benefit of the team. It’s a team game and you make a decision on the day to try and help the team to get a victory.”