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England superstar says he has improved despite role change for Euro 2016

Wayne Rooney may not be the starting forward for the Three Lions this tournament, but the England and Man United captain is not letting anyone question his ability – let alone a few foreign journalists. Not only did England’s all-time leading scorer defend his abilities, he insisted that he has actually improved.

According to The Sun, Wayne Rooney adamantly defended his skills as a footballer following accusations from Russian media that his game has fallen off since making his change from forward to midfielder this past year.

“Everyone who watches football is entitled to their opinion,” Rooney said.

“I know the qualities I have.

“I don’t have to sit here and defend myself.

“I’m aware that my game has changed over the years – in my opinion it has changed for the better.

“As I said, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but the only one that matters to me is that of my team-mates and coaches.”

Rooney added that the team is excited for the tournament and have no injuries, so they’ll be at full health when they take on Russia on Saturday.

“We’re just looking forward to it,” he said.

“The preparation has been perfect, we’ve had no injuries, which is important, we’re ready and excited.”

England will field the youngest team in Euro 2016 – they have just four players over 30 three players with 50+ caps.

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