Rooney cut-off by Mourinho, now relies on Liverpool star to fight his battles

By Alex Taylor

Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has been backed by Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson after fans booed the Three Lions captain against Malta.

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Rooney, 30, played in a midfield role in England’s 2-0 win at Wembley on Saturday and was the subject of heavy criticism from the crowd.

The forward has lost his starting place for United under Jose Mourinho this season and question marks are now being raised over his long-term international future.

“Wayne has had criticism through a lot of his career and he deals with it very well,” Henderson said.

“He’s our captain and our leader and is a fantastic player for both Manchester United and for England.

“He put in a fantastic performance at the weekend. He got on the ball and broke up play to win back possession.

“We have to deal with the booing by staying together and winning games.”

Wayne Rooney

After bagging 53 goals for his country, Rooney is now England’s highest ever goal scorer but will need to rediscover his form quickly in order to retain his national place.

The forward has scored 263 goals and provided 139 assists in 603 career matches for United and Everton.

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