England faced Slovakia in what was a friendly game before the start of the World Cup qualifiers and barely won it, even though Slovakia was playing with ten men. Moreover, it was a first match for Sam Allardyce as a manager for the Three Lions and there is no doubt he would have liked it to go a bit better.
One of the strangest decision that Allardyce made, was putting Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney in a deep midfield positions. The 30-year-old was evidently struggling to fulfill his role in the center of the pitch, but after the final whistle of the game, Big Sam praised Rooney for the job he did, labeling him as “outstanding” and “excellent”.
However, a lot of the fans disagreed with Allardyce’s opinion and thought that it would have been better for Rooney to not have played at all in the game against Slovakia.
The sooner Rooney gets bombed out of the national side the better. Slow, ponderous, offers very little at all.— Joel (@_lfcjoel) September 4, 2016
Now it's a 4-2-3-1 with Rooney 10. Why not just take him off and go 4-4-2 with Vardy or Sturridge next to Kane?— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) September 4, 2016
Rooney was once a phenomenon and you have to respect the records he has but Jesus Christ, he is awful and detrimental to TWO teams now.— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) September 4, 2016
We have a ball playing centre-half and a sitting midfielder. No reason for Rooney to be playing so deep. Has to push forward. #SLOENG— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) September 4, 2016
Pretty dull first half from England. Rooney too deep again. Lallana quite bright again. Nice to see pitchside adverts for Nerf.— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) September 4, 2016