With Allardyce gone, Rooney admits manager’s comments baffled him

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Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney admitted he bristled at Sam Allardyce‘s cavalier comments regarding his positioning in what turned out to be the coach’s only match as England boss.

“I played the role I was asked to play, played to instructions and that was it really,” Rooney said on Tuesday. “But it has all blown up.”

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That tends to happen when it comes for a man in Rooney’s position, especially one who may or may not be dropping off the map in terms of high-end production.

The soon-to-be 31-year-old Rooney said he sorted things out with Allardyce on the way home from Slovakia, but says it wasn’t a good day despite the 1-0 win.

From The Guardian:

“Sam came out and said I play where I want. I played exactly to instructions, and what was asked of me. I’ll play wherever the manager wants me. I don’t pick myself, I haven’t ever picked myself. I didn’t come in and say: ‘I want to play here or there.’ I played where I was asked to play. That was a big misunderstanding and I seemed to get slaughtered for it. I suffered from that. I got battered in many different ways when I felt it was actually a decent performance.”

Rooney’s comments are a lot more blunt with Allardyce no longer in the team. Previously he tried to make the reaction out to be overblown, but clearly it bugged Rooney a great deal.

We’ll see how Gareth Southgate deals with the out-of-form captain. The Three Lions face Malta on Saturday and Slovenia on Oct. 11 in World Cup qualifying.