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Rooney calls debate over midfield role an ‘overreaction’

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

Rooney who became the most capped English player as he led his teammates against Slovakia played largely 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 the captain played and added Rooney “played wherever he wanted to”.

The new England manager also said he “can’t stop” Rooney from dropping into midfield and the player has a “lot more experience at international football” than he does.

But Rooney has since 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 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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