Rooney wants England to "try and win".

Wayne Rooney trolled on Twitter for his 'inspirational' speech

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As captain of Manchester United and England, you must be able to inspire world class players to greatness.

While Rooney may attempt to inspire his teammates with his performances on the pitch, the 30-year-old doesn’t exactly have a way with words.

And the striker wasn’t really in an uplifting mood this afternoon in a press conference ahead of Monday’s last-16 clash with Iceland.


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The day after Ireland’s dramatic 1-0 victory over Italy which saw them join England, Northern Ireland and Wales in the knockout stages, Rooney was asked if he was cheering on the home nations plus Ireland. His answer: “Not really.”

That attitude continued when he was asked what his message to his players will be before the match against Iceland in Nice. “Try and win,” he replied.

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Inspirational stuff.

Obviously, after these stirring comments, Twitter has destroyed the captain. Here are some of the best tweets:

Let’s hope Roy Hodgson’s team talk is slightly more uplifting come Monday night. The Three Lions missed the opportunity to win their group after they laboured to a 0-0 draw with Slovakia.

The result saw Wales finish top after they beat Russia 3-0 and England have discovered in the previous few days just how costly that draw was.

Slovakia v England - Group B: UEFA Euro 2016

Although Rooney and co. have a favourable last-16 fixture, their potential run to the final is incredibly tough. If they beat Iceland they could play France in the quarter-finals before either Spain, German and Italy in the semi-finals.

But, as Rooney rightly points out, it may not necessarily pan out like that.

"People are writing it's Iceland [for England], France then Spain. But who's to say they're going to go through. Who's to say we are?’”

Let’s just hope Rooney can rally the troops to brush aside minnows Iceland and book their place in the last-eight. Your better off just doing your talking on the pitch though, Wayne.

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