Midfield debate 'overreaction' – Rooney

Wayne Rooney

England captain Wayne Rooney says the debate over his role in the team has been an “overreaction”.

Rooney, winning his 116th cap, largely played in a deep midfield role during Sunday’s 1-0 win over Slovakia.

After the game England manager Sam Allardyce said it was “not for me to say” where his captain played and added Rooney “played wherever he wanted to.”

But Rooney said: “I played in that role and helped us win the game. Too much is getting made about it.”

He added: “I’ve done it my whole career and suddenly it’s big news. It’s not a big thing and I think there’s a big overreaction to it.”

Rooney’s position on the field for club and country has been has been widely discussed this season and England’s record scorer did not touch the ball once in the Slovakian penalty area in Trnava.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has played Rooney behind new striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic this season while Roy Hodgson selected him as a midfielder at Euro 2016.

Allardyce, who was managing England for the first time in the World Cup qualifier, said he “can’t stop” Rooney from dropping into midfield and the player has a “lot more experience at international football” than he does.

Rooney added: “I’m playing on the pitch for England. I’m captain of the team and I feel I can do a very good job in the role.

“I am happy where I’m playing and I think I’m doing a good job.”

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