Lampard slams Rooney critics.

Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard: The England team-mates are Premier League opponents

Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard: The England team-mates are Premier League opponents

Frank Lampard has launched a staunch defence of England team-mate Wayne Rooney, blasting critics of the Manchester United star and dismissing as “lazy” those who have labelled the striker “thick”.

Rooney is currently training in the United States in a bid to regain top condition after a difficult few weeks in England, in which he hit the front and back pages thanks to his dramatic United contract U-turn and lurid allegations about his private life.

But Chelsea midfielder Lampard believes recent criticism of the former Everton forward is wholly unjustified and insists the Rooney he knows is nothing like the one painted by the media.

“People who call him thick, it’s just a lazy thing to say by looking at him and saying ‘he’s a footballer, he looks quite tough because he’s come from that background’ and all that kind of stuff and the way he plays, but he is sharp,” Lampard told BBC Radio Five Live.

“I think the people who are calling him thick have got a certain element of thickness about them, because they haven’t even invested the time to speak to him. He doesn’t speak to the press that much for them to make that judgement of him.

“He’s a confident boy, and he has a sensitive side to him. During the World Cup we’d sit in a room together and watch some of the other games and stuff like that.

“If you read the headlines of the last few weeks you can get an impression of someone but he’s a very sensitive lad, you can have a good conversation with him about anything you want. He’s a very cute, worldly lad for how young he is. He has no problem relating to older players, he treats everyone the same.

“Some people like to align themselves to the bigger names in the squad, to speak to certain players or stick to their own little group. Wayne talks to David Beckham the same as he would to a new player who’s just come into the squad from Stoke or Bolton, and that’s the beauty of him I think as a person.

“He’s got a great sense of humour. I love being around people who will make me laugh, and he makes you laugh constantly. When you’re sat at a dinner table with 20 people he can dominate the conversation just through wit and the confidence in the way he speaks.”

Lampard recalled Rooney made an instant impression on him when he was first called up by England.

“He looks like he has this bulldog way about him, a little powerhouse, and then the first day he trained you could see he had this touch and awareness that was…like a genius touch,” he said.

“I’d only seen three players in my career like that – Paolo Di Canio, Gianfranco Zola and Paul Gascoigne when I was a kid training with England – that had this genius kind of thing about them, and Wayne had that instantly as a 17-year-old.”

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