Wayne Rooney worried by 'messages coming out of England camp' ahead of Slovenia showdown

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Euro 2024: Wayne Rooney has revealed he's worried about 'messages coming out of the England camp' ahead of tonight's showdown with Slovenia

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway


Published: 25/06/2024

- 12:47

The Manchester United and Everton hero has spoken out ahead of tonight's Euro 2024 showdown

Wayne Rooney has revealed he's worried about 'messages coming out of the England camp' ahead of tonight's Euro 2024 showdown with Slovenia.

The Three Lions have been poor in Germany so far, with a nervy 1-0 win over Serbia followed by a drab 1-1 draw with Denmark.


England go into tonight's game looking to claim all three points to finish top of their group.

However, there are concerns that Gareth Southgate's players are set for more tricky times ahead due to their unconvincing displays.

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Euro 2024: Wayne Rooney has revealed he's worried about 'messages coming out of the England camp' ahead of tonight's showdown with Slovenia

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Rooney, speaking on the BBC's Euros Extra show, said he's concerned after Harry Kane admitted players weren't sure on how to press.

But he does believe a bit of positivity is required for the Three Lions to go all the way.

"The messages coming out of the camp is very different to what it has been at the last two tournaments," he said.

"There's certainly something not right.

"I think the positive I see from the last two games is it can only improve.

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"You're going to go up against better opposition, so it has to improve.

"And try and get a good win."

Many pundits and fans have been quick to turn on Southgate, with the 53-year-old a divisive figure.

But Rooney wants players to step up and deliver, with the Plymouth boss insisting they must seek clarity if they're unsure on how to play.

"For me, the players have to take responsibility as well," he said.

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"You've got the captain, in Harry Kane, saying he didn't know how to press.

"If I'm in that team, and I'm going onto the football pitch and I don't know how to press or how I'm going to play the game, that's a big worry and a bit concerning.

"And that's when you go into the England manager, you go to the coaches, and say 'alright before we go onto this pitch, every single player has to know how to press.'"

One England player yet to get any minutes at Euro 2024 is Anthony Gordon.

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And Rooney would like to see the Newcastle star come into the team.

"I'd like to see Anthony Gordon come into the team," he said.

"I'd play Gordon off the left, [Bukayo] Saka off the right, Rice and Bellingham in the middle, Foden as No.10 and Kane up top.

"I think at the minute what's happening is, Phil [Foden] and Jude [Bellingham] are almost occupying that position and it's difficult for them to find space in there.

"I think just dropping Jude back a little bit and giving Foden that space to go and roam and having Gordon and Saka to keep the width to me will make a big difference."

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Slovenia have had a slow start to the tournament themselves.

They drew 1-1 with Denmark in their first match before also drawing 1-1 with Serbia on matchday two.

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