As if things weren’t bad enough for England after their embarrassing defeat to Iceland on Monday, an Icelandic website are trying to make things even worse.
That’s because the site MBL.is is accusing England captain Wayne Rooney of punching Gylfi Sigurdsson during the second-half of the last-16 clash.
The report says: "Wayne Rooney escaped a scare when he appeared to punch Gylfi Sigurdsson in the Iceland and England match. Referee Damir was very close to the infringement but saw no reason to blow his whistle.
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"The incident happened on the 58th minute and went unnoticed by those on the pitch and those watching at home. Little has been written about this incident.”
Here is the clip they provide. Take a look for yourselves:
We don’t know about you, but we think Iceland’s version of a ‘punch’ differs to ours. Having said that, there is no doubt the Manchester United star appears to intentionally land his elbow in Sigurdsson’s face. After the clash between the two number 10’s, the Swansea midfielder appealed to the ref who was unmoved.
In truth, it’s no wonder that Rooney lashed out during the match. Despite giving his side an early lead from the penalty spot, he put in a very disappointing display as the Three Lions crashed out embarrassingly.
Following his failure to captain England to any sort of success this summer, many called on Rooney to follow in Lionel Messi’s footsteps and retire from international football. However, immediately after the defeat, the 30-year-old admitted that he wants to carry on playing for his country.
Rooney reluctant to retire
"I said it before the tournament and I’ve been asked many times, but I’m proud to play for England and I’ll see who the next manager is and if selected, I’m available to play," he said.
While the captain isn’t prepared to step down, Roy Hodgson was. Within minutes of the final whistle blowing at the Allianz Riviera, the boss was reading out a resignation letter to the media. Rooney admits that he would prefer if the next boss is English but has admitted that he has a tough job whatever nationality he is.
"Of course, it's better if he's English, but he has to be the right man for the job. He has to have the credentials and the ability to be able to do the job. Whether he's English or not, we'll wait and see.
"He needs to put his stamp on the team, whoever he is. I know one thing, if I was the manager coming in, I'd be very excited. It's difficult to see now, but we do have a good squad, an exciting squad.
"Whoever comes in will have a tough job, but they have the players to move us on from where we are and take us one step further."
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