“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.
“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.