Sam Allardyce cancels Croatia friendly and gets Wayne Rooney worried over England armband

“What’s Rooney’s best position? I’m not saying. I think Jose will determine that,” said Allardyce. 

“Because if Jose says he is not going to play him in centre midfield and he’s playing up front and scoring goals for Manchester United, then it would be pointless me bringing him into England and playing him in centre-midfield.”

Allardyce acknowledges, though, that he will find himself at loggerheads with Premier League managers now he has crossed over into international management.

He was asked, in particular, about his sometimes fractious relationship with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and accepts there are bound to be clashes with club bosses.

He said: “The demands on Premier League managers and demand on me as England manager is bound to cause some conflict down the line because the pressures are far greater than ever before.

“They are bound to want to protect their players and that is what I have to try and overcome with a little bit of give and take, hopefully.”

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