Sam Allardyce chickens out of telling Wayne Rooney where to play
England manager seems willing to let Rooney decide where he operates on the pitch for England
September 5th, 2016
No player is supposed to be bigger than a team, although Wayne Rooney’s influence over the England squad was illustrated on Sunday night after the Three Lions secured a 1-0 win over Slovakia.
Sam Allardyce has been pestered about the role of Rooney ever since becoming England manager, although the former claimed it was an “easy choice” to make the Manchester United man his captain and has now suggested that his lack of international experience means he shouldn’t tell the forward where to play.
Rooney operated behind Harry Kane against the Slovakians, with England toiling against ten men in the second half before Adam Lallana scored a last-gasp winner for the visitors.
However, Allardyce has effectively declared that Rooney can play wherever he likes in the England team due to his vast playing experience, even though many will feel that the player should listen to his manager’s thoughts instead.
“Wayne played wherever he wanted to,” said Allardyce. “He did play a little deeper than I thought he’d play, but I was pleased with his performance.
“It’s not for me to say where he’s going to play,” said the former Sunderland boss. “It’s up to me to ask whether he’s doing well in that position and contributing.”