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England captain Wayne Rooney says he’s willing to play wherever interim manager Gareth Southgate needs him to play.
Rooney, 30, was picked by Southgate to remain as England captain, and the Manchester United forward is set to make his 117th appearance for his country when the Three Lions takes on Malta in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Saturday. There’s been some speculation on where on the pitch he will play, but Rooney says he’ll play wherever Southgate wants him.
“I don’t know, that’s a question for Gareth,” Rooney said. “It’s getting a bit tiring, the question of whether I am going to play as a striker, midfielder or number 10.
“I have answered that question many times, it’s the same answer. I’ll play where the manager wants me to play, I don’t pick myself and I have never picked myself for England.
“I play to instructions and I am sure the instructions Gareth gives me, whether to play or not to play, are instructions I will try to do to the best of my ability.”
Rooney has been starting on the bench the past three games for Manchester United, after starting the season at the No. 10 position.
“Of course, you want to play,” Rooney said. “As a football player you want to play, it’s my job. I love football and I love being involved in the team.
“Obviously, I am not starting at the moment at Manchester United, but I need to work hard to get back in the starting XI, which I am doing and when I get my chance I make sure that I take it.
“I am fully supportive of the team, the players and the manager of Manchester United. Of course, I want to be involved, but the most important thing is that we win.”