Wayne Rooney’s Surprising Reaction To The Fight Between England And Slovenia Players

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England captain Wayne Rooney has come to receive a lot of stick for the way he reacted to the brawl between England and Slovenia players on Tuesday.

England and Slovenia faced each other in Tuesday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier, which ended in a goalless draw.

Caretaker manager Gareth Southgate made the brave decision of starting the game without Wayne Rooney, who has been out of form for quite a while now, and has therefore gotten used to occupying a spot on the bench for Manchester United as well.

Southgate did send the 31-year-old on in the 73rd minute, but the star man failed to make any major impact in the game. He did, however, manage to grab the headlines yet again – this time, for an off-the-ball incident.

In the 87th minute of the match, a huge brawl broke out after Gary Cahill’s strong tackle, which led to Slovenia’s Aljaz Struna grabbing the neck of England youngster Marcus Rashford. Struna’s actions agitated Rashford’s fellow compatriot and club teammate Jesse Lingard, who charged towards the Slovenian, thereby causing more trouble.

Amidst all the chaos, Wayne Rooney – captain of England as well as Manchester United – simply stood behind and watched his juniors engage in a physical confrontation with the opposition.

Such unconcerned reaction by the experienced forward has put him on the receiving end of a lot of criticism, with many people also questioning his captaincy skills and committment to the team.

Here’s how the twitter reacted to the incident:

 

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1 Comment

  1. jaytee on October 12, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    hate him rooney will alwayz remain one of the finest players England hev eva produced.

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