RIO DE JANEIRO - England star Wayne Rooney has hit back at media suggestions that he could be dropped from the World Cup team after he was seen training with the squad's substitutes.
Rooney's teammates also leapt to his defence. Frank Lampard expressed dismay at the national "fixation" with Rooney while teenaged star Raheem Sterling called the striker "world class".
Rooney has insisted he asked to do extra training which was why he was with England's substitutes on Monday.
"Sometimes (I) wonder what the press are getting at," the Manchester United striker wrote on his Facebook page.
"I said from the start I want to do everything I can to make sure I'm ready for these World Cup games and as part of that I was doing extra training a week before the squad joined up."