Rooney holds player only England meetings

New England captain Wayne Rooney has confirmed he is holding player only meetings within the England camp in a bid to boost morale and help the squad gel, according to the BBC.

Having been lacklustre in their win over Norway last Wednesday England put in a much improved display to come away from Switzerland with three points in what has been labelled their most difficult game of the group.

And Rooney has revealed that he has organised meetings amongst the players in a bid to aid the development of the young squad.

He said: “We have had meetings among ourselves, just players in the rooms, watching videos and discussing how we can do better as a team.

“Obviously the manager gives us our game plan, but because we don’t spend that much time together as a team we need to know and feel confident in what we’re doing together.

“In the meetings, you’re having the players speak up who wouldn’t normally speak up when coaches are there.

“They’ve been good and I think the players have really stood up.”

Rooney was named as the new England captain following the international retirement of Steven Gerrard and looks to be resuming responsibility amongst the squad as they bid to improve on a dismal World Cup.

England came away from Brazil this summer having failed to win a single game at the tournament.

And after the manager and players came in for much scrutiny they have answered in the best possible way with the 2-0 win in Basel on Monday.

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