England's captain Wayne Rooney is pictured during the World Cup 2018 football qualification match between England and Malta at Wembley Stadium in Londonon October 8, 2016. / AFP / Justin TALLIS /
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England's interim manager Gareth Southgate expressed bewilderment after captain Wayne Rooney was booed by his own supporters during his side's 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Malta.Rooney, his country's record goal-scorer and most-capped outfield player, played in a midfield holding role at Wembley Saturday and produced a low-key display as England ground out a labored win.Southgate pointed out that a number of England stalwarts had in recent times taken stick from the country's frustrated fans.Jose Mourinho, Rooney's club manager at Manchester United, vowed on the eve of the season that the former Everton striker would "never" play for him in midfield.Rooney has, however, featured in midfield for United -- when not on the bench -- and Southgate was reluctant to wade into the debate about his position.Southgate began his four-game tenure with victory courtesy of first-half goals from Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli.
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