Zlatan: Under fire Rooney deserves more respect

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has called for more respect to be shown to Wayne Rooney, following the high-profile criticism of the striker in some parts of the media.

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Rooney sparked controversy when he was photographed in what appeared to be a drunken state after England’s recent 3-0 World Cup Qualifying win over Scotland

Despite being injured at the time and unavailable for the ensuing midweek friendly against Spain, the 31-year-old received a wealth of bad publicity for the incident.

And after United’s 4-0 win over Feyenoord on Thursday night- in which Rooney played a starring role- Ibrahimovic suggested the Three Lions captain should be better respected by people in his homeland.

“I think when you are famous like that, people are interested. They want to know everything,” he told BBC Sport.

“We should appreciate him for the player he is, what he did. I don’t see many players from England who have had the same career as him. They should show more respect for him. Everybody wants to make a little thing a big thing.”

On the pitch, Rooney became the Red Devils’ all-time leading scorer in Europe against the Dutch outfit.

And Ibrahimovic admitted that he would also help the striker, currently one goal off Bobby Charlton’s club record, to achieve another impressive feat this season.

“He is a fantastic person,” he said. “I am happy he broke the record. But I will help him to go one more. That I see as the real record.”

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“I think when you are famous like that, people are interested. They want to know everything,” he told BBC Sport.

“We should appreciate him for the player he is, what he did. I don’t see many players from England who have had the same career as him. They should show more respect for him. Everybody wants to make a little thing a big thing.”

On the pitch, Rooney became the Red Devils’ all-time leading scorer in Europe against the Dutch outfit.

And Ibrahimovic admitted that he would also help the striker, currently one goal off Bobby Charlton’s club record, to achieve another impressive feat this season.

“He is a fantastic person,” he said. “I am happy he broke the record. But I will help him to go one more. That I see as the real record.”

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