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:
I love the way Rooney is there, backing his England and Manchester United team mates. Great captain he is. pic.twitter.com/Bkn7l2PcLX
— S. (@ForzaMundial) October 11, 2016
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) October 12, 2016
@UnitedStandMUFC lol Rooney is a deflated man, look at him standing there rubbing his nose like a wimp in school.
— Hamed Adefuwa (@HamedAdefuwa) October 12, 2016
Look at Rooney just standing there https://t.co/BD9rzp0BCo
— Aman (@MartiaIArt) October 12, 2016
Hahahah Rooney the captain just standing back not doing anything. Genuinely hate that guy.
— The Anfield Chat (@TheAnfieldChat) October 11, 2016
Rashford getting grabbed by the throat but Rooney is just standing there and watching. Just imagine what Keano or Robson would've done.
— 20 (@Mufc20Ok) October 11, 2016
@paddypower Great to see Rooney standing watching. Crap player and captain.
— Andy Cutler (@andyav1976) October 11, 2016