England striker Wayne Rooney has spoken out on criticism about his contribution to the side in the opening game of the World Cup.

Posting on his Facebook page, Rooney said: “Sometimes wonder what the press are getting at.”

He went on to confirm that he had been spending his spare time after training sessions practicing his shooting, although he denied claims that he was doing so in order to convince England boss Roy Hodgson that he still deserves a place in the team.

Extra training

The Manchester United forward announced that he had been putting in extra time on the training field before he joined up with his England teammates, in order to ensure he is performing at the highest possible level throughout the World Cup.

Rooney stated: “I said from the start I want to do everything I can to make sure I’m ready for these World Cup games and as part of that I was doing extra training a week before the squad joined up.

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“That’s exactly what I did yesterday, my own extra training because that’s what I wanted to do.”

Despite coming under criticism for failing to score a goal in his first two World Cup finals, Rooney proved he can make the difference in the 2-1 defeat to Italy, providing an assist for Daniel Sturridge to equalise, despite playing out wide.

International career

Rooney has had a fantastic international career since joining the England set-up at the age of 17 and making his debut against Australia.

He holds the current England all-time top goalscoring record in competitive international games, was the top goalscorer in England’s World Cup qualifying campaign, and despite being criticised for failing to leave his mark on Saturday’s game, created the most England chances in the defeat in Manaus.

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