Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Write Me off at Your Peril, Roo Tells Russia

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Write Me off at Your Peril, Roo Tells Russia

Article excerpt

ENGLAND captain Wayne Rooney reacted with dignified defiance when he found himself under the microscope on the eve of his side's Euro 2016 opener against Russia.

A Russian journalist put it to Rooney at Friday's pre-match press conference at Marseille's Stade Velodrome that he is "not the same player he was", suggesting this was a widely held opinion within his country - up to and including the national side.

The United forward, who has been known to react indiscreetly on the pitch in years gone by, was the model of restraint but made his point clearly: he may be a different kind of performer but he does not see himself as a less effective one.

"Everyone who watches football is entitled to opinions," he offered.

"I know the qualities I have and to be honest I don't need to sit here and defend myself. …

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