In his very brief time as England manager, perhaps Sam Allardyce's most memorable moment was his strange comments to the media after the team's 1-0 win over Slovakia in which he claimed Wayne Rooney could play where we wanted.
The statement raised eyebrows amongst fans and pundits alike, and made the Manchester United star seem like something of a prima dona who couldn't adhere to instructions.
Now, speaking in the post-Allardyce era, Rooney has revealed that 'Big Sam' actually came to him on England's flight home from the World Cup qualifier to apologise for his comments.
"Sam knew he made a mistake. He said that to me on the plane home. He knew he had made a mistake," Rooney told the media ahead of Gareth Southgate's first game in charge this weekend.
“I’ve said many times I’ll play for England as striker, midfield, No 10. It was a bit of a misunderstanding after the last game, when Sam came out and said I play where I want.," he said, via the Sun.
Continuing to argue his corner, Rooney went on to claim that he has never been one to argue with the manager's decision - and took aim at the media who had jumped on Allardyce's quote in recent week.
"I played exactly to instructions, what was asked of me, that role. I didn’t come in and say I want to play here or there, I played where I was asked to play. That was a big misunderstanding that I seemed to get slaughtered for.”
The incident, and Allardyce's force apology after a slip of the tongue, is another example of his time in charge of the national side not exactly going to plan.
Rooney certainly didn't seem to be impressed with how he had been portrayed by the now disgraced former England boss.
Indeed, when asked if he had been in contact with Allardyce since his unceremonious sacking, he bluntly told reporters no, not even by text.
Rooney and England will be hoping for happier times ahead.News Now - Sport News