“I can’t tell Rooney where to play because he doesn’t understand basic commands,” clarifies Allardyce

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“I’ve tried to tell him where to play and he just stares at me with this confused look.”

Sam Allardyce has sought to clarify his comments made after England’s late win over Slovakia, insisting that he cannot tell Wayne Rooney where to play because he doesn’t understand basic commands.

The new England manager came in for criticism from fans and media alike after claiming that he cannot dictate where Rooney plays or how deep he chooses to drop.

Speaking to journalists this morning however, the former Sunderland manager defended his comments while stating that they had been taken out of context.

“When I said that I can’t tell Wayne where to play, I literally meant that. I’ve tried to tell him where to play and he just stares at me with this confused look,” said Allardyce, adding that he would likely attempt non-verbal methods to get his message across to his captain. “He just tilts his head, like when you try and talk to a dog. It’s pretty unsettling but we’ll persevere.”

At press time, Allardyce was reportedly putting the finishing touches to a PowerPoint presentation that he hoped would prove effective in communicating with Rooney.