England international goalkeeper David James believes that Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was marked out of the World Cup.
James said that Wayne Rooney was on-form in England training – but blamed opposition defences for keeping a close watch on the stalwart.
The Portsmouth goalkeeper said: “I didn’t notice a lack of fitness. We did some shooting the day before the game and he was smashing them past me. I was hoping that would be replicated in the game.
“The trouble for Wayne in this tournament was that all the opposition expected him to be the danger man and they did what they could to nullify his offensive capabilities.
“You have to give credit to the opposition. Teams know how good he is. They did all they could to stop him from playing. He wasn’t given freedom and against Germany there were times when he had to come deep to pick the ball up.
“If he has to do that, then he’s not getting the joy up front. That has to be credit to the opposition and the way they nullify him.”