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Juan Mata defends Wayne Rooney

  • Juan Mata hardly eevr says a thing wrong about anyone let alone his club captain and good mate Wayne Rooney. Manchester United skipper has come under severe stick this season, however, one man who belives that he can turn things around is former Chelsea man. Ahead of the duo’s International clash, Mata was speaking to the press where he cited how Rooney will get back his form and start to deliver for club as well as National team.

    Mata said: “When we speak about Wayne we’re speaking about the captain of England and my team Manchester United,” the midfielder said.

    “He’s a very important player. He’s scored more goals than anyone in the English national team and at United.

    “I know he can play in different positions. At the end it’s Roy Hodgson or Louis van Gaal who decides, but obviously if he’s close to the box he will score more.

    “I feel very proud to play alongside him in my team and it will be very difficult to face him tomorrow.”

    “Talking to Wayne every day in Manchester, I can tell that he is delighted with England’s national team,” he said.

    “They have youth, desire to win and the capacity to achieve something important – you only need to look at their qualifying campaign in which they won every game.

    “Tomorrow’s match will be a tough test for us and for them to see what level they’re at. I believe that England are one of our direct rivals for Euro 2016”.

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