Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who was perpetually linked with a move for Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney before the Englishman signed a bumper contract with the Old Trafford side, sympathises for the Three Lions striker as the criticism he has received has perhaps not been warranted considering he is being played outside of his favoured position.
Italy recently edged England by a 2-1 score in their first Group D World Cup match and, while Rooney has been subjected to a media backlash for an alleged sub-standard performance, he did manage to proved the vital cross that assisted Daniel Sturridge's one-touch equalising goal.
Speaking to Yahoo, Mourinho said: "I don't think it's the best position for Wayne but in many times players have to make sacrifices for the team."
On the column inches dedicated to locating the cause of England's loss, the Portuguese added: "In defeat, it is normal to try to find reasons for that [loss]. But the reason for that defeat was a great Italy."
He continued: "England played very, very well. Roy [Hodgson] was trying to play at the same time Rooney, [Raheem] Sterling, [Danny] Welbeck and [Daniel] Sturridge and to do that somebody has to play on the sides.
"Wayne did his job, he supplied the [cross for the] goal but he loses a bit of his danger as he is naturally a goalscorer."
With Costa Rica and Italy occupying first and second spot in Group D, third-placed England take on bottom of the table Uruguay in a match that now has added importance if the country are to salvage their World Cup campaign.
"In the next match, it is forbidden to lose in my opinion. [England] cannot lose another match in the group phase."
Valued at £40 million by transfermarkt.co.uk, Rooney is contractually-bound to Old Trafford until 2019, yet has recently been linked with a move to Chelsea as the club are reportedly set to reignite their interest, report The Express.
Such a transfer is unlikely to materialise as Chelsea have all but confirmed the deal for Diego Costa.