Reports are out claiming that Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata says Wayne Rooney deserves greater respect in England.
The 30-year-old has enjoyed a record-breaking start to the season, but becoming England’s all-time top scorer has not failed to take attention away from a clutch of underwhelming displays.
“When we speak about Wayne we’re speaking about the captain of England and my team Manchester United,” Mata said.
“He’s a very important player. He’s scored more goals than anyone in the English national team and at United.
“I know he can play in different positions. At the end it’s Roy Hodgson or Louis van Gaal who decides, but obviously if he’s close to the box he will score more.
“I feel very proud to play alongside him in my team and it will be very difficult to face him tomorrow.”