Wayne Rooney putting in the hard yards at training
England striker unhappy with media claims he was working with back-up players
Wayne Rooney talks to England manager Roy Hodgson during a training session at the Urca military base in Rio de Janeiro on Monday. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Rooney has never scored at a World Cup and missed a wonderful chance in Saturday’s promising, if ultimately frustrating, 2-1 defeat to Italy in Manaus.
The Manchester United forward stayed on for extra shooting practice after training on Monday, although he has hit back at suggestions it was down to desperation to prove himself to Roy Hodgson ahead of Thursday’s match in Sao Paulo.
“Sometimes wonder what the press are getting at,” Rooney posted on his Facebook page.
“I said from the start I want to do everything I can to make sure I’m ready for these World Cup games and as part of that I was doing extra training a week before the squad joined up.
“That’s exactly what I did yesterday, my own extra training because that’s what I wanted to do.”