Wayne Rooney believes he would have put himself on the bench after the Watford performance where Man United were thrashed 3-1 by the London-based team. Rooney, who is about to turn 31, said that he would never turn his back on England and would be happy to play off the bench for the Three Lions.
Following the Watford game, the Manchester United and England captain
“Listen, I had a bad game at Watford. I played bad, I know that and I understand that. I didn't deserve to play the next game, I understood that, and the team
“I think if he was picking the next team on the back of that, I understand not playing. The team
“I am an honest player, I am honest with myself. I’ll fight. I won’t
Rooney has been struggling with his form, providing just 1.7 key passes per game in the Premier League this season playing in the No. 10 role. When asked if whether he was worried about the same, he said that he thought he started the season well but agreed that his performances were well below his best.
“To be honest, I felt I started the season okay. Again I had a bad game, certainly a very bad second half, against Watford. But I am not worried, no. Of course, I know I can do better. If I don’t play very well, there is a massive over-hype which comes from everywhere really, so I have to just focus on playing,” the English captain explained.
Rooney has divided the fan base of not just Manchester United but also England with some fans not ready to accept the Liverpool-born player can do any wrong, while there is nothing the player can do to gain the trust of the other side. Rooney is well aware of the fact the player cannot always be in the fans’ good books and feels that it is more important for him to perform to the expectations of his manager and the people close to him.
“I don’t know. By some people yes, by others, no. That’s football, isn’t it? You divide opinions. Listen I am not a player who wants people to say how good he is. That’s not me. As long as people around me, and my manager, are happy, then I’m happy.”
The all-time England top-scorer has always said that he feels pride representing his country. Now he has gone a step further stating that he would be happy just being a part of the squad.
“I would accept being part of the squad because I love coming here and meeting up with England. Whether I am on the pitch or not, I feel I can help the players.
“If the manager turned around on Saturday / Tuesday and I was on the bench for two games,
“I would turn up, of course, and try to get back into the team. But I think I can benefit the younger players