Wayne Rooney: England Teammate 'Shocked' By Booing of Manchester United Star

England captain Wayne Rooney.
England captain Wayne Rooney at Wembley Stadium, London, October 8. Rooney was booed by sections of the England crowd. Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty

England defender John Stones has revealed his "shock" over the treatment of England captain Wayne Rooney.

Rooney, 30, was booed by sections of the England supporters at Wembley on Saturday during the 2-0 victory over Malta. England's record goalscorer may be at risk of losing his starting place to Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier for the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovenia in Ljubljana on Tuesday.

"I thought Wayne was brilliant. He has been every time he has played for England," Stones, 22, said.

"He wears his heart on his sleeve and gives 110% and you can see that in every performance," said Stones, 22. "I am a bit shocked that the booing happened.

"He is always up there and on form. The top players are always going to get the stick that gets piled on them because of the standards he sets."

Stones, who moved from Everton to Manchester City in the summer and impressed against Malta in interim manager Gareth Southgate's first game in charge, has been mentioned as a possible successor to Rooney as England captain should the Manchester United star be dropped.

Rooney has already lost his starting spot in the United first team under new manager Jose Mourinho.