Manchester United icon Paddy Crerand has dismissed speculation over Wayne Rooney’s position in the side as “rubbish”.
Rooney, currently recovering from a knee problem, has faced scrutiny in recent weeks, with his critics suggesting that Man United and England would be better off without him in the side.
Crerand, who won the European Cup with United in his playing days, insisted Rooney still has what it takes to succeed at the highest level.
“That’s all rubbish, that. That’s all paper talk,” Crerand said.
“Of course he is going to be important. One of the reasons I came down to the U21s game [against Chelsea on Monday night] was that there were a lot of rumours going about that Wayne would be playing.”
Rooney’s experience and knowhow are unparalleled in both the United and England squads but it is hard to ignore his poor form over the past 18 months or so, save for a brief spell at the start of 2016 prior to his injury.
Marcus Rashford has impressed for United in Rooney’s absence while Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane are in excellent form for England. Rooney undoubtedly faces a fight to get back into the fold.