Mauricio Pochettino eased fears Tottenham striker picked up an injury in Spurs’ 3-0 win over Manchester United.
There was some concern over Rooney’s England rival Harry Kane, who appeared in discomfort when he hobbled off late on, but Pochettino said the Spurs forward was “okay” and suffering only from a dead leg.
Kane started the move that led to Alli’s first goal and Tottenham were relentless thereafter, Alderweireld heading home Lamela’s cross, before Lamela slotted in Danny Rose’s pass to put United out of sight.
Also not in view was Pochettino, who had momentarily left the pitch to go to the toilet and missed Lamela’s third.
“Did I miss the goal? Live, yes. I watched from the TV because I had just left the toilet in the manager’s room,” Pochettino said.
“I heard the crowd, I was quick to run to the changing room. I stayed calm in the moment because 3-0 and I watched the replay. It was a fantastic goal.”
Leicester’s win at Sunderland shortly before kick-off threatened to dampen spirits around White Hart Lane but Spurs showed they are not yet ready to give up the fight.
“I think it’s true we sent a message that we are there, waiting and fighting,” Pochettino said.
“If Leicester fail we need to stay there, it’s important. Seven points is a difficult gap to reduce but we need to believe.
“The performance like today, and the result like today, showed that this team believes.”