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. Read more of this post

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Gunners halted by Eduardo, Chelsea through

Eduardo scored against his old club again as Shakhtar Donetsk fought back from a goal down to beat Arsenal 2-1 in their Champions League Group H clash at Donbass Arena.

Eduardo was measured in celebrating his goal against his old club

Eduardo was measured in celebrating his goal against his old club

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Theo Walcott slotted in a fine breakaway goal to open the scoring for Arsenal, who were without captain Cesc Fabregas, after ten minutes. However, Shakhtar – thrashed 5-1 at the Emirates Stadium a fortnight ago – continued to press and were eventually rewarded when 19-year-old Craig Eastmond, making his European debut, diverted Dmytro Chygrynskiy’s header into his own net.

Eduardo then slotted home from close range on the stroke of half-time to force his old club to wait for qualification to the knockout stages.

Chelsea qualified for the last 16 after a second-half demolition of Spartak Moscow at Stamford Bridge resulted in a 4-1 victory. After a lacklustre opening half, Chelsea made it four straight wins in Group F. Read more of this post

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