Wayne Rooney insists he is enduring a difficult period in his career after he was dropped for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.
Interim manager Gareth Southgate says the decision to leave him out was tactical and did not reflect his form against Malta.
He was booed by sections of the crowd at Wembley during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Malta, after fans were left disappointed with the captain’s average performance.
Speaking about his position, Rooney claimed the was no embarrassment about being on the bench.
“My game now? Of course, I’m not denying it is in a difficult period. I’ve been on the bench the last few games for Manchester United but that’s part of football,” he said.
“I have to work hard and, when I’m needed for both club and country, I’ll make sure I’m ready.
“I’ve played 13 years non-stop for England and given everything. A time comes when you’re not the first name on the team sheet, which I have been in the past.”
It’s gone from bad to worse from Rooney, he’s lost his place in the starting XI and has not started in the last three matches and it seems to be the same case for England.
He’s England’s record scorer and most-capped male outfield player, with 53 goals in 117 appearances and it’s a shame to see him left out, but his recent showings have not justified his place in the side.
Rooney has already said he’ll retired from international football after the 2018 World Cup in Russia but at his point it remains to be seen whether he’ll even be selected in the squad.