The interim Three Lions boss showed a steely side when he laid down the law for Rooney, who he has retained as international skipper.
Axed Sam Allardyce caused shockwaves after his only game as England manager – the 1-0 World Cup qualifying win in Slovakia a month ago – when he revealed
Rooney decided to play in midfield, despite being picked for a more advanced role.
“Sometimes he played a little deep but I’m not going to stop Wayne if he thinks that’s the right position to go to,” he said at the time.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has used Rooney further forward this season, despite his 30-year-old captain wanting to play in a more withdrawn central role.