‘Rooney should be loved like Totti’

first_imgEngland Eriksson: Rooney should be loved like Totti Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 09:28 10/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) WayneRooney - Cropped Getty Images England Italy Roma Everton WC Qualification Europe World Cup Premier League Serie A The former England boss believes the Everton striker deserves more respect from the Three Lions faithful Wayne Rooney deserved to be loved by England the way Francesco Totti was in Italy, according to Sven-Goran Eriksson.Rooney retired from internationals in August after scoring a record 53 goals in 119 appearances for England.But the Everton forward was still often and widely criticised despite his performances for the national team throughout his career. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Everton 11/8 to beat BrightonEriksson, in charge of England from 2001 to 2006, believes Rooney deserved better — comparing the 31-year-old to retired Italy and Roma great Totti.”The treatment of Wayne Rooney told me something about the way England fans view the national team,” the Swede wrote in the Daily Mail.”He’s the record goalscorer for both Manchester United and England: you can’t argue with that.”If Rooney had been Italian, he would have been loved like Francesco Totti was at Roma. You don’t criticise Totti in Italy. There might have been reasons to, sometimes, but you don’t touch him.”It isn’t like that with Wayne and England but I can tell you that he had to be dragged away from training because he loved to play and practice so much.”England have qualified for Russia 2018 as they set their sights on winning the World Cup for a second time and first since 1966.Eriksson believes a generation of England players, Rooney among them, were perhaps under-appreciated.”Was [Rooney] appreciated as he might have been as an England player? Maybe not,” he said.”You look at the way some of the big English players in the past, like Rooney and David Beckham, have been criticised and you have to ask: ‘What do you want these players to be?'”last_img read more