WAYNE ROONEY does not care what anyone is saying about him – all the England captain is concerned about is leading his country to success.
The forward has been the subject of scrutiny ever since breaking on to the international scene as a fresh-faced teenager 11 years ago.
The intensity of that focus has recently gone up a notch following the retirements of the so-called ‘Golden Generation’ and his new role as Three Lions captain.
Rooney’s 96 caps make him far and away the most experienced player at Roy Hodgson’s disposal, but one whose position in the side is constantly spoken about.
Former England manager Glenn Hoddle got in on the act ahead of tonight’s European Championship qualifying opener in Switzerland, saying they need the Rooney of old.
Such comments compound constant talk about where the Manchester United player is best deployed – not that the 28-year-old himself gives a hoot.
“That is not something I don’t expect,” he said of the constant spotlight. “Obviously I feel like I am quite an adaptable player. I can play in a number of positions.
“Wherever Roy wants me to play, I am happy to play. It is as simple as that.
“I am not interested in what anyone else thinks. I am here to play for England. Roy’s the manager, he picks the team. I’ll play to the instructions the manager wants me to do.”
Reports on the eve of the match suggested Rooney will be used on the left wing in Basel, despite the role of frontman being up for grabs following Daniel Sturridge’s injury.
Arsenal new boy Danny Welbeck, instead, could be chosen to lead the line after impressing as a second-half substitute in last Wednesday’s uninspiring 1-0 friendly win against Norway.