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Rooney on the attack
Wayne Rooney admits he is digging far too deep for club and country. Boss Fabio Capello told Roon to drop deep against the Czechs leaving Jermain Defoe on his own. But at times the Manchester United ace was effectively playing as a FIFTH midfielder. Alex Ferguson has already been on at Rooney to concentrate on attacking. And the striker said: “Maybe at times I am a bit too honest and at club level the manager is telling me not to defend too much, to try and save some energy for when we are attacking. Sometimes you just want to win the ball back and work hard for the team. That is just how I play.” Rooney had his pre-season build-up hampered by a virus picked up in Nigeria. He added: “I’ve probably only had seven days training since we came back from Africa. Playing on Sunday and for England will have helped my fitness. Hopefully I can get a few more games under my belt and be 100 per cent fit for the qualifiers.”
Steve Brenner, The Sun
Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp isn't too keen for Rooney to concentrate on his striking duties, however, telling The Sun that the United striker should replace David Beckham on England's right wing.
Wherever he plays, Rooney tells all the papers that he and his colleagues are intent on revenge when England face Croatia - who beat them twice in the Euro 2008 qualifiers. “They embarrassed us a bit," says Wayne. "We can’t wait to get over there and beat them."