Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole is confident that captain Wayne Rooney will regain his form for club and country.
Rooney has been under fire from pundits and fans for his form for Manchester United and England this season. After playing in the 2-0 win over Malta, the 30-year old was dropped by interim England manager Gareth Southgate for the game against Slovenia (which ended in a scoreless draw). Cole is backing Rooney to find his form again and show the critics wrong.
“Are we saying now that he has had a downturn in form at Manchester United as well as England that he can no longer play the game?,” Cole said.
“You’ve got to give the guy an opportunity. He is not prepared to retire at international level. Why should he if he can still do a job?
“He will get his form back for Manchester United and no doubts he will get himself back in the team.”
Cole also think it’s unfair and extremely disrespectful of former England players like Alan Shearer to go out and say that Rooney should retire from the national team.
“It has got to hurt because we are all human,” Cole said. “You can sit and say ‘oh I am not really bothered about it’ but in the cold light of day, when you are at home, of course you are going to think about that.
“You are going to think about the individuals who said certain things. You have ex-players saying ‘oh he should retire or he should do this…’ but when they were in that position no one told them that they should go.
“They went when they wanted to go so they should not be telling someone of his calibre it is time to go or questioning his place in the England squad.”