'Midfield role at Manchester United got me down, admits Wayne Rooney' - Reads the Independent's headline this morning.
They are just one of many papers to report quotes from the striker given at a press briefing on England duty, and here is exactly what he had to say:
"Everyone at the club knew that [in attack] is where I wanted to play and I think that's why I was disappointed because I got told to play in midfield and I didn't want to. But I'd always go in and try to help the team, so I think there had to come a point where for my own career I had to be a bit selfish, really."
So that's all well and good, but didn't Rooney actually say last season how he was enjoying playing in midfield?
Yes he did, telling his seven million Twitter followers after the win away to Newcastle:
Great win today. Really enjoying my new midfield role. Always involved in the game.— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) October 7, 2012
Now of course a whole season playing in the position, compared to just one game can cause the Manchester United man to change his opinion, as is his prerogative, but the contradiction does not really make him look too smart.
What do you think of Rooney's comments now and then?
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