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Monday, 5 September 2016

Wayne Rooney: England midfield role debate an 'overreaction'

England captain Wayne Rooney says the debate over his role in the team has been an "overreaction". Rooney, winning his 116th cap, mainly played a deep midfield role in Sunday's 1-0 win over Slovakia, which was new boss Sam Allardyce's first in charge. Allardyce said post-match it was "not for me to say" what Rooney's position was and he "played wherever he wanted". But Rooney, 30, said: "I played in that role and helped us win the game - too much is getting made about it." Speaking to Sky Sports, the Manchester United captain 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 goalscorer did not touch the ball once in the Slovakia penalty area during the World Cup qualifier in Trnava.
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