England manager Sam Allardyce seems incapable of managing Wayne Rooney
Sep 06 2016 by Marjorie Miles
Sam Allardyce admitted his "huge relief" at Adam Lallana launching his reign as England manager with a win in Slovakia - and then told the "brilliant" Wayne Rooney he can play wherever he wants.
It was the first worldwide goal for Liverpool's No.20, who fired home a low shot in the fifth minute of injury-time as England began their World Cup qualifying campaign in fine style.
"I got this lucky penny off a lad today in the hotel", he explained.
"A father and his son in a wheelchair came to the hotel this morning and asked if it was okay to have a picture". When we finished he said: "Let me give you a lucky coin". "You've got to be patient in this game and we were, and we got the victor in the end". We kept plugging away and as a unit I thought we did brilliantly.
What would have become of the coin had Lallana not swept home his first worldwide goal with virtually the last kick of the game is uncertain.
With the referee checking his watch, Danny Rose sent a hopeful low ball into the area for Lallana, who jinked left past a defender and struck a low shot through the legs of goalkeeper Matus Kozacik for his first England goal in 27 games. That's not to say that he's going to revolutionise the England team, but he has to learn from old mistakes and make improvements, including potentially dropping Rooney.
But most pressing is the role of captain Wayne Rooney. He collected his 116th worldwide cap, beating another Man United legend in David Beckham.
"Wayne played wherever he wanted", said Allardyce.
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I think he holds a lot more experience at global football than I do as an worldwide manager.
Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney plays during the FA Community Shield football match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium in London on August 7, 2016.
But Allardyce said: "This is the most decorated outfield player in England". He's won everything at Man United, more or less, and at Champions League and domestic level.
"It's not for me to say where he's going to play".
"It's up to me to (ask): 'Are you playing well in that position?" He has been great all week, we have had a really good camp, good training sessions and we are delighted to reward him with a win. He's been a goalscorer all his life and I want him to do that again, but he reads a game as he reads it.
"It is a boost that we won and hopefully we can kick on now in the rest of the group games".
"We, as a team, have the character and the enthusiasm".