Wayne Rooney not on same page as England manager, shrugs at controversial subbing

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It seems like Wayne Rooney did not get the memo from Roy Hodgson as to why he was being subbed off during England’s frustrating 1-1 draw against Russia. Following the England manager’s claim that he pulled Rooney in the final fifteen minutes because Rooney was tired – the Three Lions captain made it clear that his fitness was not an issue.

In an interview following Hodgson’s claim that Rooney was tired from playing at the midfield instead of centre-forward, Rooney bluntly answered “No” when asked if he had any fitness issues on the pitch.

“That’s the manager’s decision, I respect it,” Rooney said, per the Telegraph. “He’s doing what he feels is right at that moment and that’s why he’s paid to be manager, to make those decisions.”

Well then. Either Hodgson knew something that Rooney didn’t or somebody may be telling the media a fib.

Whatever the case may be, the draw against Russia has nearly everybody in the England camp on edge with a vital clash against Wales coming up later this week. If the Three Lions manager and his captain aren’t on the same page off the pitch, it would behoove them to restore their chemistry on the pitch at the very least.

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