Rooney not interested in criticism

Saturday, June 07, 2014
Wayne Rooney has insisted he is not concerned about his place in England's team for the World Cup despite recent questions as to whether he merits a place in Roy Hodgson's starting XI.

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Rooney started Wednesday's warm-up game against Ecuador on the left wing and, while he scored his 39th international goal in the 2-2 draw, former England stars Gary Lineker and Paul Scholes are among those to have recently questioned whether he should be included in a starting XI that looks certain to include Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge as first-choice striker.

Rooney is aware of the comments, which have been present in the English media for several weeks now, but he told reporters in Miami: "I am not really interested.

"A lot of people have their opinions, but I listen to the people around me and in the coaching setup. I don't listen to people outside of the setup really so anyone can say what they want. I have got no interest in listening to them.

"I don't think anyone is guaranteed a start in the team. It is down to the manager to pick the team. I think everyone is pushing. It is a good squad the manager is picking his team from so the manager will have some tough decisions I am sure and that is down to him to do."

Rooney had previously said he disliked playing out on the left when he was deployed there by Manchester United but stressed he would be happy to play any role for England this summer.

"I enjoy playing for my country whether it is left wing, right wing, midfield or up front," he said. "I am always proud to play for England and that won't change no matter where I am on the pitch.

"It is down to the manager to pick where he plays me and I am happy to play anywhere."

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