Wayne Rooney hits out at media after England criticism
England striker trains away from first team in a bid to improve fitness
June 17th, 2014
Wayne Rooney doesn’t take criticism particularly well, having spoken out against the England fans that booed a goalless draw against Algeria four years ago.
On Tuesday, Rooney was again unable to restrain himself from hitting out, although it is the media who are the target of his ire this time around. With the Manchester United player under the microscope after a mixed performance against Italy, it appears as though he has an issue with some reports documenting him training with the England reserves.
Rooney’s fitness has been a concern leading up to the World Cup, with the player having undergone extra training sessions to ensure he was ready to take to the field in Manaus.
However, the striker clearly feels that recent press reports are wide of the mark, stating: “Sometimes wonder what the press are getting at,” Rooney said on Facebook. “I said from the start I want to do everything I can to make sure I’m ready for these World Cup games and as part of that I was doing extra training a week before the squad joined up. That’s exactly what I did yesterday, my own extra training because that’s what I wanted to do”.
It probably doesn’t pay for Rooney to read press reports if he’s going to have an issue with them, although it’s an indication that the United man is feeling the pressure ahead of Thursday’s crunch game against Uruguay.
“Our country loves it, creating a drama around one player,” Neville said on the BBC. “This time it’s Wayne Rooney but that comes with the territory of being an important player in a big nation. I’ve never known there not be an obsession around one player. It was Gascoigne from 1996 to 1998, Beckham from 2000 to 2006. From 2006, it was Rooney and Beckham. Now it’s Rooney in 2014.
“Unfortunately – or fortunately, because he is a big player – this time it’s Wayne Rooney. You can’t get him to do a light day’s training. That’s his character. He just wants to play every second of every day. He has an enthusiasm for football that is incredible and he’s been like that since the moment I played against him when he was a young Everton kid.”