Wayne Rooney claims Sam Allardyce allowed him to be battered when he said the forward played wherever he wanted for England. . Allardyce made the remarks immediately after Englands 1-0 win over Slovakia, when Adam Lallana netted the winner in the 95th minute.England captain Rooney was roundly criticised after the game, in which he started on the left of midfield alongside Jordan Henderson and Eric Dier in a 4-3-3 formation before dropping deeper once Dele Alli was introduced as a substitute. The Manchester United star bristled at the suggestion he felt he had carte blanche to operate wherever he wanted for the national team and revealed Allardyce apologised to him on the plane home from Trnava for suggesting as much to the media. Wayne Rooney explains why Marcus Rashford will go on to be one of the biggest names in football Sam came out and said I play where I want but it couldnt be further from the truth, I play to instructions, Rooney said.I got battered in many different ways for my performance, which I felt was actually a decent performance.I dont pick myself, I havent ever picked myself. I didnt come in and say: I want to play here or there. I played where I was asked to play. That was a big misunderstanding and I seemed to get slaughtered for it. I suffered from that. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just ￡6.99. No contract. He knew he had made a mistake. He said that to me on the plane home. Thats part of being involved at this level. He understood that quite early and unfortunately he doesnt have the chance to rectify that now.Rooney has struggled to find his best form under Jose Mourinho at United this season and has started on the bench in their past three games, with Juan Mata moving ahead of him in the pecking order for the No 10 role. Jamie Redknapp urges Gareth Southgate to focus on the England team and forget about the speculation surrounding Wayne Rooneys future Before Mourinho arrived at Old Trafford, Rooney had been earmarked to drop into a deeper midfield role as he got older, something both Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs did successfully under Sir Alex Ferguson.Louis van Gaal began to deploy him there in the second half of last season but Mourinho was adamant when taking over that his captain remain as a striker because he valued his goal-scoring ability. Mourinho: Rooney not a midfielder Wayne Rooney will not play in midfield for Manchester United, Jose Mourinho confirms Rooney admits he deserved to lose his place at United, accepting he has lost some of the pace that once made him one of Europes most feared forwards, but he made it clear he believes the time has come for him to transition to midfield on a more permanent basis.I have heard a lot of people talking about transition - well, let me do it, Rooney said.If that is whats going to happen, let me do that. I feel I am not being given a chance if that is the way I want to go in my career to expand it. I am not being given that chance to go from there to there. England captain Wayne Rooney talks about being dropped from Manchester Uniteds starting XI It is all right talking about your career, saying you can extend it by doing this and that, but of course you need to be given that chance to do it.Despite his recent setbacks, Rooney remains adamant he has plenty left to offer both England and United and he is determined to answer his critics.Rooney said: I am a fighter. I want to get back in the team. I will work hard to try and do that, so that is where I am at. I am sure people who know me know I will come back.Does it gee you up? Of course it does. Its almost like going to an audition when you get turned down - you want to prove yourself to people.You can watch Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the Japan Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price! Also See: Rooney: Ill play where picked Rashford will be a superstar FA to face government probe Southgate troubled by industry . The moves were the first punitive steps taken by the Dolphins since a report on the NFLs investigation of the case was released last week. Investigators found that guard Richie Incognito and two teammates engaged in persistent harassment directed at tackle Jonathan Martin, another offensive lineman and an assistant trainer. . Tony Parker had 33 points and nine assists and San Antonio never trailed in a resounding 116-92 victory over Portland, bullying the younger Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. .com) - The Carolina Hurricanes placed defenseman John-Michael Liles on injured reserve Tuesday.BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Jacobs family is, in fact, involved in helping secure the Bills future in Buffalo, and hasnt ruled out getting involved in buying the team. Jeremy Jacobs Jr., the son of Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Sr., told The Buffalo News on Wednesday that the family has been engaged in discussions involving the franchises future, but said it was too early to say whether it will make an attempt to buy the team. "We are using our resources, our contacts, our relationships to do everything we can to ensure the Bills stay in Buffalo," Jacobs said in a story published on the newspapers website. Jacobs, however, stopped short of saying his family would be involved in a prospective ownership group. "Its still early in the process, and its impossible to say either way," he said. Jacobs comments were the first made by any family member expressing interest in the team. Bills owner Ralph Wilson died last month. And his comments do not contradict a statement his father issued last week. In a released statement, Jacobs Sr. said he has no intention of selling the Bruins in order to purchase the Bills, a move that would be required because NFL rules do not allow owners to control major sports franchises in separate markets. Jacobs statement failed to address whether any of his three sons would be involved in an ownership group. Several people familiar with the Bills future had previously told The Associated Press that Jacobs and his sons were linked to discussions involving the teams. "He is definitely a player," one person told the AP, speaking on condition of anonymity because Jacobs has not revealed his plans. Members of the Jacobs family have deeclined interview requests with the AP over the past three weeks. . The Jacobs are from Buffalo and own Delaware North food service company, which has its headquarters in the city. Jeremy Jr., Louis and Charlie Jacobs are all listed as principals at Delaware North. Charlie Jacobs is also a principal of the Bruins. In 2010, the NFL allowed Stan Kroenke to take over as the St. Louis Rams majority owner after he agreed to turn over operational and financial control of the NBA Denver Nuggets and NHL Colorado Avalanche to son Josh. Wilsons widow, Mary Wilson, has taken over as the teams controlling owner until the franchise is expected to be placed on the market. That wont begin until Wilsons estate hires an investment banking firm, which will oversee the sale process. That leaves the teams future in Buffalo uncertain, because a sale opens the possibility of the team relocating. The Bills are essentially locked into playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium through the 2019 season because of the lease they negotiated with the state and Erie County in December 2012. The team would incur a $400 million penalty by even broaching the prospect of moving during the leases term. There is a one-time exception allowing the Bills to break the lease for just under $28.4 million in July 2020. The Jacobs do face one obstacle because of NFL rules barring owners from having links to casinos, racetracks and other gaming interests. Delaware Norths holding include numerous racing and gambling operations across the country. "We have warts," Jeremy Jr. acknowledged, referring to leagues anti-gambling rules. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org
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