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Published: 16:16 | 4/10/16

Rooney: Allardyce sacking a shame

Wayne Rooney admits he was sad to see Sam Allardyce sacked as England manager but he has urged the squad to stick together.

Sam Allardyce was sacked after just 67 days after he was secretly filmed offering to give advice on how to get around on FA rules on player third party ownership and negotiating a £400,000 deal with reporters posing as businessmen.

Gareth Southgate will take charge of England for the next four games and Rooney believes they need to focus on football after a 'tough couple of weeks'.

“We need to build on the three points we won in the last game (against Slovakia), and the other side of it isn’t our issue, it’s nothing for us to be concerned about," Rooney told reporters.

“It’s a shame, everyone could see how excited Sam was for the job and he came in and showed that enthusiasm to the players. It’s a shame it’s happened and I’m sure he deeply regrets it. It was a decision for the FA to take.

“As a group of players we need to stick together and concentrate on the football. For the FA I’m sure it has been a tough couple of weeks but for the players we’ve been with our clubs and we have to focus on the games."

Rooney's position in the England squad has been been the subject of much debate since their disappointing Euro 2016 campaign but Southgate has made it clear that he will continue as captain.

"There was a lot of talk over whether I’d be captain or not, so it was good Gareth put that to bed quite early and there wasn’t the speculation," Rooney said.

“We’ve got two games this week that we have to win. Whether that was with Gareth or Sam we have to try and get six points. If we do that Gareth will be happy and we’ll be happy.”

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