England captain Wayne Rooney feels he got "slaughtered" after former manager Sam Allardyce claimed he "played wherever he wanted" against Slovakia last month.
Allardyce, who lost his job last week following a Daily Telegraph investigation into football corruption, raised eyebrows with his comment that England's record goalscorer had been given a free role after the 1-0 win in Trnava.
And, speaking ahead of England’s World Cup qualifier with Malta, Rooney had his say on the matter.
"It was a bit of misunderstanding after the last game, when Sam came out and said I play where I want,” he said.
“I played exactly to instructions. I didn't come in and say, 'I want to play here or there'. That was a big misunderstanding that I seemed to get slaughtered for.
"I got battered in many different ways for my performance, which I felt was actually a decent performance.
"He knew he had made a mistake. He said that to me on the plane home. That's part of being involved at this level.
“He understood that quite early and unfortunately he doesn't have the chance to rectify that now."