Hodgson: Rooney The Ultimate Professional

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England manager Roy Hodgson has praised his captain, Wayne Rooney for his professionalism, after he was utilized in unfamiliar roles in the matches against Spain and France.

Rooney was brought on as a second half substitute in England’s loss to Spain and played on the wing in the win over France.

Hodgson has praised Rooney and insisted he wasn’t dropped due to his bad form with Manchester United.

“He is the ultimate professional,” Hodgson said. “He wasn’t dropped [against Spain].

“We realised with all the players we have missing that there was going to be an element of experimentation in these two matches.

“You can never doubt his professionalism, his desire to do the right thing for England and his ability and capacity to sacrifice himself for the team. As a coach those are the players you want.

“We had a plan for the France game, which might have had an even bolder tactical set-up than the one we used. But when we lost Fabian Delph that threw it out a bit.

“It meant asking Rooney to play in a slightly different position because I wanted to see him, [Raheem] Sterling and [Harry] Kane on the pitch together.

“He carried that out very well.”



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