Wayne Rooney has hit out at claims he trained with England's back-up players during training on Monday, insisting he was just putting in extra work ahead of the do-or-die clash with Uruguay.
No stranger to scrutiny, this tournament has been no different for the 28-year-old as he looks to help England out of Group D.
Rooney has never scored at a World Cup and missed a wonderful chance in Saturday's promising, if ultimately frustrating, 2-1 defeat to Italy in Manaus.
The Manchester United forward stayed on for extra shooting practice after training on Monday, although he has hit back at suggestions it was down to desperation to prove himself to Roy Hodgson ahead of Thursday's match in Sao Paulo.
"Sometimes wonder what the press are getting at," Rooney posted on his Facebook page.
"I said from the start I want to do everything I can to make sure I'm ready for these World Cup games and as part of that I was doing extra training a week before the squad joined up.
"That's exactly what I did yesterday, my own extra training because that's what I wanted to do."
"Unfortunately we do have a fixation with one player during every World Cup" - Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard expressed his dismay at what he perceived to be a "fixation" and "agenda" towards England team-mate Wayne Rooney.
Lampard, an unused substitute in Manaus, admitted his frustration at much of the focus centring on just one player.
"Unfortunately we do have a fixation with one player during every World Cup, ones that I've been involved in,” Lampard said.
"It's a bit frustrating when you're in a team group and that happens because we're there trying to play together - people are not selfish in this squad - trying to get results and a fixation with one player can become, rather than a debate, a bit of an agenda.
"So I do think we need to drop the agenda and look at the team, whoever plays, because the manager will pick the best team that he sees fit and whoever plays we want to win the game."