Wayne Rooney attacks Sam Allardyce for post-Slovakia comments
Rooney believes he was “battered” after Allardyce claimed the England captain plays where he wants for the national side
October 5th, 2016
Wayne Rooney has seen plenty of England managers come and go, with the Three Lions skipper most recently witnessing Sam Allardyce taking charge before promptly being given his marching orders by the FA.
Allardyce took charge of England for just one match, with the team scoring a last-gasp winner in Slovakia to get their World Cup qualifying campaign off to a winning start.
Wayne Rooney played the full ninety minutes of that clash and Allardyce afterwards made the surprise admission that he wasn’t going to tell Rooney where to play on the pitch after being asked about the player’s position.
With Allardyce no longer manager, Rooney has spoken publicly about those comments and revealed that the 61-year-old apologised to his captain on the way back from Slovakia.
“That’s part of being involved at this level,” Rooney said. “He knew he made a mistake. He said that to me on the plane home. He understood that quite early and unfortunately he doesn’t have the chance to rectify that now.
“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.
“It was over the top. I played in deep midfield and I thought, being honest, I actually did quite well, especially in the second half. I helped control the game. I turn up like every other player, ready to play and, if selected, I will play hopefully how the manager wants me to play, and that’s it.
“Everyone else can say what they think, or what they think they know, but me, the manager and the players know what is required to do well. I played the role I was asked to play, played to instructions and that was it really. But it has all blown up.”