England captain Wayne Rooney says he’s disappointed Sam Allardyce was sacked as coach of the Three Lions after just 67 days in charge.
The Manchester United ace, who’ll continue to serve as Three Lions captain under interim boss Gareth Southgate, spoke to the press ahead of Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Malta.
He reckons the England team need to shut out the distractions around their manager and just focus on picking up the points in Group F.
“We need to build on the three points we won in the last game [against Slovakia], and the other side of it isn’t our issue, it’s nothing for us to be concerned about,” said Rooney.
“It’s a shame, everyone could see how excited Sam was for the job and he came in and showed that enthusiasm to the players.
“It’s a shame it’s happened and I’m sure he deeply regrets it. It was a decision for the FA to take.
“As a group of players we need to stick together and concentrate on the football.
“For the FA I’m sure it has been a tough couple of weeks but for the players we’ve been with our clubs and we have to focus on the games.”
Big Sam won his only game in charge of the national side, a 1-0 win over Slovakia earlier in the month.
That leaves England joint top of Group F with Scotland.
After the game against Malta, Southgate’s side will travel to Slovenia for their second game in three days on Monday 10.
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