Lampard hits out at anti-Rooney ‘agenda’
England midfielder Frank Lampard believes there is an agenda against Wayne Rooney, Sky Sports has reported, and says one England player is singled out at every World Cup.
Rooney has been criticised for his performance against Italy in the Three Lions’ first World Cup game, having played on the left wing rather than his preferred central attacking role. Lampard has told a Press conference that the focus should be on the team and the attention on Rooney is counter-productive.
“There has been a fixation with one player in every World Cup I've been involved in,” Lampard said. “It's frustrating when you're in a team group and that happens. There is a fixation on one player and rather than a debate. It becomes an agenda so I think we need to drop the agenda and look at the team, whoever plays.
“Rooney is determined at every tournament,” he continued. “A lot of furore has been built up around him but I see the same Wayne. He wants to play well and give everything for the team.
“It's about a team performance. We didn't win the other night, but the minute you start trying to focus on individuals again and again and again it can be detrimental. Behind closed doors, we're trying to win games.”
England next face Uruguay, meeting the South Americans on Thursday. Oscar Tabarez’s team were beaten 3-1 by Costa Rica in their first World Cup game, going down to a defeat despite taking the lead through a first-half penalty.
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