Frustrated Wayne Rooney blows out EFL bosses for putting players’ fitness at risk with championship matches just 48 hours after World Cup qualifiers … while Derby boss insists he will not start Kamil Jozwiak after losing to Poland during Poland’s defeat. England came into the field
- Wayne Rooney is unhappy with championship games on Friday and Monday
- Derby boss thinks the games should have been moved to give stars more rest
- Kamil Jozwiak played 48 hours before Derby played against Luton for Poland
- Rooney tries to save the Rams from relegation in his management role
- Former Everton star says the EFL missed an opportunity to protect players
Wayne Rooney has accused the Football League of endangering players’ health by hosting a full round of championship matches just 48 hours after World Cup qualifiers.
The England record scorer is trying to save Derby from relegation to League One in his first job in management, but warned it would be unfair to start with players tomorrow if they had come out for their country last night.
Rooney is baffled as to why championship games weren’t scheduled on Saturdays and Tuesdays, rather than Good Friday and Easter Monday, and suggested top clubs wouldn’t have been asked to do the same.
Derby’s Wayne Rooney is unhappy with the EFL over its championship schedule schedule
Rooney says he cannot start Kamil Jozwiak against Luton after playing for Poland
“It’s interesting that none of the Premier League clubs play on Good Friday because I don’t think they would have accepted that,” Rooney said.
“We have a duty of care to our players and it is very difficult for us to use players who will play for their country on Wednesday night.
‘It would have been wise to play Saturday and Tuesday, but that has not been the case, so we have to deal with it.
There are no excuses, but if there is a chance to protect the players, we have to take it, but we have gone the other way. I know from way back that there are games on Good Friday and Easter Monday, but all things considered, it could have been better planned.
Derby suffered a 1-0 defeat to Stoke in the last game before the international break
“It is something to learn from for the future, because you put players who play on Wednesday evening at risk of injuries if they play on Friday.”
Before last night’s game, when winger Kamil Jozwiak came on against England in the second half, Rooney said: “He won’t start (against Luton on Friday). He can give me maybe 10 or 15 minutes off the couch, but it’s unfair to start him. Even though we’re in a relegation battle, I’d rather he was right for our last games. ‘
The EFL have little room for maneuver, with the World Cup qualifiers last night instead of Tuesday, allowing three games to be squeezed into the international break.
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