Nobody should be criticising Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney because of what he has achieved in the game, according to Jesse Lingard. The Manchester United and England winger believes that hammering of his captain's performances is unfair, given his extensive successes in the game over the years.
The winger - recalled to the England squad and hoping to win his first senior cap in the World Cup qualifier against Malta on Saturday - does not feel that his skipper at club and international level deserves recent negative publicity for his performances.
Rooney has lost his place in United's starting XI and has also seen his position for the national team questioned despite being kept on as captain after Euro 2016 by former manager Sam Allardyce and new interim boss Gareth Southgate.
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