England captain Wayne Rooney reacted with dignified defiance when he found himself under the microscope on the eve of his side's Euro 2016 opener against Russian Federation.
"We've prepared for that". “Even though I'm going to miss most of the games in the first ten days due to being away, I still can't wait”. "And at this level of football, every team will be very prepared vis-a-vis the opposition".
Having drifted back from striker to something of a number 10, Rooney played the latter part of the season for Manchester United firmly ensconced in midfield. "I did it when I broke into the team in 2003 but it's more of a case of the manager, coaching staff and me telling the players how good they are", he said.
That is something England have not managed in their eight previous European Championships and in only five of their 14 World Cup appearances. Now, it's an exciting time, everyone's excited for this game. "We feel confident and comfortable as a unit and we are ready". "We'll live with the fact it's been 50 years since we won a tournament, and 20 since we reached a semi-final", he said.
Slutsky added that, "it would be unfair to say that Rooney is worse than before, but he is very different".
One Leicester City and England supporter is sat chatting about England's chances at the Euros with his pals in the Tavern's smoking area and he thinks leaving Vardy out is a complete joke, stating that the three lions deserve everything they get if they leave their best players out at the tournament.
"Maybe because the numbers aren't there, but the seven potential defenders picked that are in the squad, and obviously with Eric as well able to slot in, are really high-level players".
I could fill this paper with the reasons as to why the 30-year-old is far from being the force that he once was.