Rooney's position continues to be a talking point despite the 61-year-old no
longer being at the helm, with the topic re-emerging ahead of Southgate's first
matches in interim charge.
"I don't know, it's a question for Gareth," the England captain said.
superfly v black "The question of where I'm going to play… it's
getting a bit tired the question of whether I'm going to play as a striker, in
midfield or as a number 10.
"I've answered that question many times and it's the same answer: I'll play
wherever the manager wants me to play.
"I don't pick myself, I haven't picked myself ever and I will play to
"I'm sure the instructions from Gareth, whether it's to play or not to play,
are instructions I will carry out to the best of my ability."
The clear irritation at the constant questions compounds a difficult time for
Rooney at club level.
legend v Named on the bench for United's last three matches, he
arrives on England duty in the unusual position of looking for game time.
"Of course you want to play as a footballer player but it is my job, I love
football and I love being involved with the team," he said.
"Obviously I'm not starting at the moment at Manchester United but I have to
work hard to try to get back in the team and the starting XI, which I'm doing,
and when I get my chance I have to take it.
v black uk "But again I'm fully supportive of the team and the
players, the manager and Manchester United.
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important thing is that we win."
Rooney's desire for team success is just the same at international level,
where Southgate will be leaning on him to lead during this unstable period.
The 30-year-old is understandably pleased to have been kept on as captain by
his former international team-mate, who was parachuted into the role after
Allardyce's abrupt exit last Tuesday.
"Of course we have to come here and be prepared to do our job," Rooney
"In terms of starting again, I'm not sure. We need to build on the three
points we got in the last game.
"We have to concentrate on the football, which I'm sure we will have no
problem doing and the other side of it is not our issue or anything for us to be
"We have to concentrate on playing the game."
Rooney believes this is a big opportunity for Southgate to "try stake his
claim" to become permanent England manager following the ignominious end to
The Daily Telegraph's secretly-filmed footage means the 61-year-old is on
holiday rather than preparing his players at St George's Park, destabilising the
Three Lions ahead of World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia.
"I think it's a shame," he said. "Everyone could see how excited Sam was for
the job and he showed that enthusiasm to the players.
"It's a shame it's happened. I'm sure he deeply regrets it but that was a
decision for the FA to take and as players we have to work with Gareth.
obra cheap "When the lads met up everyone seemed fine and happy and
we have some training sessions to work on how we're going to play on