England striker Rooney dismisses critics

England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has said he doesn’t pay attention to critics of his game, preferring to listen to the likes of Roy Hodgson, EPSN has reported.

Rooney netted in England’s 2-2 draw with Ecuador on Wednesday, his first international goal in some eight months. He had come under fire for his performances in national team colours, with former United player and coach Paul Scholes one of those vocally casting doubt on Rooney’s contribution.

Ex-England forward turned media figure Gary Lineker had also questioned Rooney’s role in Hodgson’s team but Rooney says comments from outside don’t concern him. “I am not really interested. A lot of people have their opinions, but I listen to the people around me and in the coaching set-up,” the former Everton man said.

“I don’t listen to people outside of the set-up really so anyone can say what they want. I have got no interest in listening to them,” Rooney added. He also insisted he doesn’t feel he deserves a place in the side on reputation alone and would convince Hodgson he deserves to be in the XI.

“I don’t think anyone is guaranteed a start in the team,” Rooney continued. “It is down to the manager to pick the team. 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 was used by Hodgson on the left of the attack against Ecuador and netted a scrappy goal to draw the Three Lions level after Ecuador took the lead. Rickie Lambert later put England in front only for Ecuador to equalise, while Raheem Sterling and Antonio Valencia were sent off after a heavy tackle from Sterling and a reaction from Valencia.

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