Big Sam waxes lyrical over Wayne Rooney
Speaking in his post-match interview with ITV, Big Sam waxed lyrical over Wayne Rooney’s performance against Slovakia.
England needed a last-gasp goal from Adam Lallana to get the win in Slovakia, and while they eventually got the job done, it was far from pretty or convincing.
But as is a manager’s prerogative, Big Sam was keen to put a positive spin on things, and insisted Rooney was ‘excellent’ and ‘outstanding.’
He also made some odd comments about Rooney being allowed to play ‘wherever he wants’, before admitting that Rooney did play too deep at times.
England Fans saw it differently
Big Sam didn’t even seem too convinced by his own take on Rooney, and England fans certainly don’t agree with him.
Most England fans saw it differently – that Rooney offered little in midfield, and slowed the game down too much, as has become customary for him at Manchester United.
Rooney was once a phenomenon and you have to respect the records he has but Jesus Christ, he is awful and detrimental to TWO teams now.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) September 4, 2016
We have a ball playing centre-half and a sitting midfielder. No reason for Rooney to be playing so deep. Has to push forward. #SLOENG
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) September 4, 2016
Now it's a 4-2-3-1 with Rooney 10. Why not just take him off and go 4-4-2 with Vardy or Sturridge next to Kane?
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) September 4, 2016
Pretty dull first half from England. Rooney too deep again. Lallana quite bright again. Nice to see pitchside adverts for Nerf.
— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) September 4, 2016
I’m disappointed Henderson and Rooney aren’t performing. I thought after the summer, swapping them in for Henderson and Rooney would work.
— Kristan Heneage (@KHeneage) September 4, 2016
The sooner Rooney gets bombed out of the national side the better. Slow, ponderous, offers very little at all.
— Joel (@_lfcjoel) September 4, 2016
Bit of a weird interview from Big Sam: "Wayne plays where he likes".
Before that, Rooney:
"I play where Sam tells me to play".
— James Leyfield (@JamesJourn) September 4, 2016
— BBC 606 (@bbc606) September 4, 2016
— Alex Crook (@alex_crook) September 4, 2016