The England coach believes Rooney's axing for defeat to Real Madrid has been overblown.
āYou look at someone like Wayne Rooney,ā Neville told the Telegraph. ā[Shinji] Kagawa scored a hat-trick [v Norwich City], heās a Ā£15m signing, he was left out of the team but then no one mentions it? Nemanja Vidic got left out two weeks ago and heās the captain of the club, a fantastic centre-back. Ryan Giggs doesnāt play every week.
āWith Wayne Rooney itās the English thing. With England itās big. It always has been ā the euphoria that surrounds England players. Itās the same with Frank Lampard at Chelsea ā his contract situation gets so much publicity because heās an England player.
"The reason why we are more interested, why the media are more interested is because heās an England star. Itās absolutely the way it has always been.
āThink about Bobby Charlton, Gascoigne ā Keegan going into the World Cup in 1982. Think about Beckham when he was left out by Steve McClaren.
"This doesnāt change with England, itās an England thing. Sir Alex Ferguson is absolutely right ā when you leave an England player out, and one of Englandās very best players, you know that the headlines are going to be big.
āIt always makes me giggle, particularly since I left the club, because I was there for 20 years, and you are protected by it, you are secure, you donāt read that much, you donāt see that much.
"When you come out of it you see the euphoria and wild scrutiny and exaggeration that exists at times because one player has been left out of one match. I just giggle and think, āWas it like that when I was playing?ā It probably was.ā