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Eriksson : Rooney Should Be Loved More

Former England manager, Sven-Goran Eriksson says forward, Wayne Rooney deserves as much love as Francesco Totti gets in Italy.

Rooney , 31, retired from the three lions after he scored a record 53 goals in 119 appearances for England.

However, the former England Manchester United forward has been criticised for his time with the national team.

“The treatment of Wayne Rooney told me something about the way England fans view the national team,” the Swede wrote in the Daily Mail.

“He’s the record goalscorer for both Manchester United and England: you can’t argue with that.

“If Rooney had been Italian, he would have been loved like Francesco Totti was at Roma. You don’t criticise Totti in Italy. There might have been reasons to, sometimes, but you don’t touch him.

“It isn’t like that with Wayne and England but I can tell you that he had to be dragged away from training because he loved to play and practice so much.”

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