Charlton shows support for Rooney

Last Updated: Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:27
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Former Manchester United great Sir Bobby Charlton has leapt to the defence of England striker Wayne Rooney.

Rooney has been the subject of some criticism in the build-up to the World Cup with some suggesting that he is past his best, including former team- mate Paul Scholes.

The Red Devils man underwent a special training programme ahead of linking up with the Three Lions' squad at a camp in Portugal as he tried to raise fitness levels following his return from injury.

However, he struggled to impose himself during the 3-0 victory over Peru last Friday - his first competitive game in over a month.

Charlton - a World Cup winner with England in 1966 - believes the criticism is unfair and insists that Rooney provides something extra to England when he is on the pitch.

Rooney: "Wayne Rooney is the only one that comes to mind when you think of where our class players are coming from.

"Wayne Rooney will have to play. He's just got that something extra."

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