Saturday 18 November 2017

Hodgson blasts Capello for 'cheap' shot at Rooney

Simon Stone

Roy Hodgson has accused Fabio Capello of having a "cheap" shot at Wayne Rooney following England's Euro 2012 demise.

Capello appears to have been angered by Rooney's pre-tournament observation that communication within the England dressing-room was better because Hodgson had a perfect grasp of the language.

Indeed, having seen Rooney underperform at yet another major tournament, Capello pointedly argued that "he only understands Scottish", underlining the 26-year-old's best displays have come for Manchester United.

Hodgson took Capello to task for his comments.

"Capello is entitled to his opinions, I suppose, but I always think it's a bit cheap to kid on a player who was so anxious to do well," he said.

"His (Rooney's) attitude was magnificent. He was putting in extra work because he was concerned he was behind the others, having missed the first two games through suspension.

"His desire to do well was enormous and we were trying to put the brakes on.

"In the final game he, along with one or two other players, didn't play to the level he can but that's what football is about.

"If every player was a robot and played at the same level in every game then football would be very simple and we wouldn't need coaches.

"There will always be recriminations if you don't get as far as you'd like, and achieve what you want to.

"There was no surrender. It was a great effort and I feel very proud of what the players did for me on the pitch. They couldn't have done much more."

Irish Independent

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