England players were left “shocked” after some of the Wembley crowd jeered captain Wayne Rooney during the team’s 2-0 win over Malta on Saturday.
Rooney, who has scored one goal in 12 games for club and country this season, was barracked by a small section of the 81,000 fans as he played in midfield.
“I thought Wayne was brilliant. He has been every time he has played for England,” said defender John Stones.
Midfielder Jordan Henderson said Rooney “put in a fantastic performance”.
Rooney’s position in the team has been called into question given the emergence of the likes of Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge and Dele Alli in attack, along with the fact he has been a substitute in Manchester United’s past three games.