England remained on course to qualify for the last 16, but were greeted at full-time by jeers from the predominantly pro-England crowd at the Al Bayt Stadium.
The former England captain who has returned to the US to manage a Major League Soccer club dc unitedsaid the English crowd’s reaction was down to the country’s football culture.
Rooney wrote in his letter, “I know that England fans have high expectations, but sometimes in our football culture we can be stubborn to recognize the merits of an opposition.” Sunday Times column.
“That’s certainly true when it comes to soccer in the United States. It’s better than most people think in England. The standard of American players and American coaching is high and the quality is increasing all the time.
“The USA are a good team with a good manager and they play with an extraordinary energy that could make them a difficult opponent for any team. It’s just English prejudice not to accept that. If only England would have drawn now. DenmarkThe fans shouldn’t be booing, right?”
Rooney is England’s record goalscorer and the most capped outfield player for the national team. However, during his playing career, he also hit out at supporters who mocked the goalless draw against England algeria in the 2010 World Cup.
“Gareth Southgate needs to make changes for Tuesday’s game wales And given that not qualifying would be almost a miracle, this is the perfect opportunity for them to give minutes to players who haven’t been used much,” Rooney said.
“At the top of the list is Phil Foden. I found it odd that Foden didn’t come on as a substitute against the USA, and as I wrote in these pages before the tournament, he would be an important part of my starting XI if I Was the boss of England. Technically, he is the best footballer in England.”
Rooney said: “The other big change I would make for the Wales match would be to rest Harry Kane. Against the USA, it looked like he might be suffering the effects of the heavy knock he took in the match. Iran Play.
“It was from a tackle in the second half and in that match I felt Gareth should have considered taking him off at half-time. England were leading 3-0, the game was already won and Harry was our most important is a player.
“When there are opportunities to protect him and help him stay fit, I believe Gareth should take them – and that is why I will keep Harry on the bench against Wales.
England must avoid defeat by three goals against Wales on Tuesday to qualify for the knockout stages.