Rooney "not interested" in United legend's recent criticism

Wayne Rooney Euro 2012 England

The two Manchester United legends appear to disagree about Scholes' observations, with Rooney himself eager to impress Roy Hodgson.

Whether he wanted it to or not, Paul Scholes' recent comments on former Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney may have been the catalyst for much of the recent talk on the striker being dropped by England.

Despite being England's highest ever goalscorer in World Cup matches, all of his strikes have come in qualification games, and the United star has failed to net in 8 World Cup tournament games.

Scholes had earlier speculated that Rooney might be "worn out" and have "peaked earlier than other footballers," he also addressed concerns about the former Everton man's ability to conserve his energy, play in partnerships and whether the England coaching set up would "have the balls to drop him" if his finals form continued to struggle in Brazil.

Hinting that there may be no love lost between the pair over the incident, Rooney said: "he's been a team-mate but he's been away from the first team for a long time.

"I'm not interested. He's got his opinions so let's leave it at that."

The England forward, who was United's top scorer last year, added: "I've seen a lot of you saying he's coached me and been around the team, but he hasn't. I'm not really going to react.

"I'm not really interested in what anyone else has got to say. I'm interested in what Roy Hodgson and the coaching staff here and the people around me say. People have their opinions but I don't agree with them."

England fans will be hoping Rooney doesn't do what Scholes did if he does start in his less favoured team position, with the Salford-born former player retiring from international duty at 29, just a year older than Rooney is now.

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