Rooney: Extra training was my choice

Wayne Rooney with Roy Hodgson in training.
Wayne Rooney with Roy Hodgson in training yesterday. Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Wayne Rooney has responded strongly to newspaper claims that he has been training with England's reserves, posting on Facebook that he has been doing extra sessions "because that's what I wanted to do".

"Sometimes wonder what the press are getting at," he wrote.

"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."

Rooney's performance against Italy received criticism in some corners, though the Manchester United player did manage to assist England's only goal in an unfamiliar left-wing role.

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