Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney believes he should be allowed to play his way back into form and defended himself against recent criticism by insisting: "I'm only a human being".
Rooney has been plagued by poor form and off-field controversy so far this season. He missed the recent clash with Everton after allegations over his private life before being rested due to an ankle problem for Saturday's clash with Sunderland.
The forward, who could however be named in the England squad on Monday for the Euro 2012 qualifier with Montenegro on October 12, believes playing time is the answer to his poor performances recently.
"I'm only a human being," he said.
"I hurt as well, but I need to get through this and get back to playing football the way I can do."
Rooney added: "I know I can play better, so I'm hoping to get a consistent run of games in the team.
"If I do that, I'm sure my form will be back to its best."