Gareth Barry hits out at Wayne Rooney's England critics

Gareth Barry says that he is baffled by suggestions that Wayne Rooney should be dropped by England.

Gareth Barry has expressed his disbelief at critics claiming that Wayne Rooney should be dropped by England manager Roy Hodgson for their World Cup encounter against Uruguay.

The Manchester United forward was criticised for his performance after Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Italy in Manaus, where he started out on the left.

The 28-year-old set up Daniel Sturridge's goal, but missed two chances to score in the second half as England failed to pick up any points.

"How many forwards playing out of position on the left wing could produce a cross like that with their weaker foot?" said Barry on social media app Fanzai.

"I can't believe there's a debate on whether Wayne Rooney should be starting for England. He has to be one of the first names on the sheet.

"I assure you every player in that changing room would want him in the team. If we are going to do something at this tournament which I still think we definitely can we need Wayne Rooney in the side."

The United forward is said to have put in extra training on Monday ahead of Thursday's match.

Wayne Rooney of England reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between England and Italy at Arena Amazonia on June 14, 2014
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