Rooney calls the shots on his position

HAVE IT YOUR WAY: Allardyce deferred to Rooney's experience that saw the player taking a deeper midfield role.


    Sep 06, 2016

    Rooney calls the shots on his position


    SAM Allardyce vowed to defer to captain Wayne Rooney over his positioning

    after starting life as England manager with

    a last-gasp 1-0 win over Slovakia in

    World Cup qualifying.

    Adam Lallana snatched a 95th-minute winner against 10-man Slovakia in Trnava on Sunday to prevent Allardyce from becoming the first England manager since Bobby Robson in 1982 not to win his first game.

    Rooney, making a record 116th appearance for an England outfield player, adopted a deep-lying midfield role for much of the game despite Allardyce having said he would play

    in a No. 10 position.

    But Allardyce said: "This is the most decorated outfield player in England. He's won everything at Man United, more or less, and

    at Champions League and domestic level.

    "He holds a lot more experience at international football than me as an international manager.

    "So using his experience with a team, and playing as a team member, it's not for me

    to say where he's going to play."

    Allardyce, who succeeded Roy Hodgson after Euro 2016, said the winning goal was "richly deserved", but admitted it had

    come as a "huge relief".