England captain Wayne Rooney responds to those criticising him

Man Utd forward Wayne Rooney has hit back at his critics, following reports of a drunken night out while on international duty for England.

Rooney is no longer an automatic choice at Old Trafford, but he showed last night that he can still turn it on when he has to, he has obviously been hurt by the recent criticism and felt that it was right that he responded.

“All that is created by people like yourself asking questions now, people in the media making a big deal over nothing, and ” he told BT Sport’s Des Kelly.

“I actually did not step foot into the wedding and I think it is a shame I am having to talk about it now after such a great victory.”.

Opinion is divided over Rooney these days, some feel the criticism was justified, he is the England captain and should set an example, especially when he is not doing the business for his country, and but some feel that he is being unfairly targeted simply because he has become an easy target to attack. Not sure Rooney’s response will have swayed views on either side.

The Forward has made 378 senior outings for Red Devils and 119 international appearances for England. Rooney was just nine when joined the youth team at Everton, making his professional debut in 2002 at the age of just 16. He spent two seasons with the Toffees, before moving to Manchester United for £25.6 million in the 2004.

Rooney has won the Premier League five times, the UEFA Champions League once, the FIFA Club World Cup once, the FA Community Shield four times, the Football League Cup twice and the FA Cup once. He is currently on 247 goals in all competitions, making him the United’s second top goalscorer of all time.

His 194 Premier League goals make him the competition’s second top scorer of all time, and he holds the record for most goals for one club in the Premier League, 179 with United.Rooney made his senior international aged 17, becoming the youngest player to represent England (a record since broken by Theo Walcott) and he is England’s youngest ever goalscorer.


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