England’s forward Wayne Rooney’s suboptimal performance on Saturday night was widely lambasted by the press as he missed a goal that he could have easily scored.

Following the match, he took extra practice at England’s Urca training base on Monday which again gave rise to a slew of criticisms by the press for which he responded on Facebook.

Wayne Rooney defends himself on social media

Wayne Rooney defends himself on social media

His Facebook post read, “Sometimes wonder what the press are getting at. I said from the start I want to do everything I can to make sure I’m ready for these World Cup games and as part of that I was doing extra training a week before the squad joined up.”

“That’s exactly what I did yesterday, my own extra training because that’s what I wanted to do.”

He managed to assist Daniel Sturridge equalizer, however Rooney was expected to cover Leighton Baines and he failed to do so, as a result of which England lost to Italy scoring 2-1.

The team captain, Roy Hodgson, was asked if he stayed back for extra practice in order to recapture his skills. Gary Neville said that both Hodgson and the coaching staff of the England team are happy with Rooney’s performance in the Arena Amazonia.

Nevile in a statement on BBC Radio 5 Live said, “My opinion is that Wayne Rooney, after seeing him every day in training, is a very important player. He is our top goalscorer under Roy, he is our main assist man and probably but for a yard he would have been man of the match if he had scored that goal.”

“We came off the pitch the other night and had our coaching debrief with Roy, Ray (Lewington), Dave (Watson) and myself and there was no other suggestion that Wayne Rooney had played pretty well for us in that game, that he had done everything we asked for.”

It was apparent that Neville didn’t like the press criticizing Rooney when he said that the nation is obsessed with certain players rather than considering the whole team.