England manager Roy Hodgson defends Wayne Rooney's performance after the 2-1 defeat to Italy

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England manager Roy Hodgson sprang to the defence of Wayne Rooney after the Manchester United forward was criticised for an indifferent performance in the 2-1 defeat to Italy in Manaus.

Rooney started in a wide left position in order to accommodate Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling in the number 10 role, but struggled with some of the discipline required.

He often allowed full-back Matteo Darmian to run well beyond him but, on the plus side, he provided the cross for Daniel Sturridge's first-half equaliser with a rare moment of quality.

"I think it is harsh to say he didn't look comfortable on the left. I thought he did quite well and he set up our goal," Hodgson said.

"It is looking for things to say he didn't play well in that position because I think he did."

Hodgson felt his side were unlucky to lose to Mario Balotelli's winner after Sturridge had cancelled out Claudio Marchisio's opener.

"It is a bit tough to accept we lost the game. Joe Hart has had a pretty quiet evening but we found ourselves having lost it.

"Even when they got back to 2-1 I thought we would get back into it. I thought that was the best I'd seen the team play.

"I suppose you have to bite the bullet today and accept we played well.

"I thought we came to terms with it much better in the second half. We are a positive team who do not sit back and we left one or two opportunities for them, but we had chances to score.

"Our final ball was disappointing and we are better than that, but we are a young team and this is a first World Cup for two thirds of the team and it is something we will improve upon going forward.

"It isn't a perfect start, but we don't live in a perfect world.

"To take them so close gives us great confidence playing against Uruguay and Costa Rica."

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1:59am Sun 15 Jun 14

DisplacedFan says...

We are a young team, but Rooney is not. He gets a boatload of money because he is supposed to be so much better than everyone else. I don't care where you put him, he did not perform. Baines was poor. Give Luke the spot for the next game. We need more pressure in the middle - Saints style.
Look to see some changes for the next game or we are done.
We are a young team, but Rooney is not. He gets a boatload of money because he is supposed to be so much better than everyone else. I don't care where you put him, he did not perform. Baines was poor. Give Luke the spot for the next game. We need more pressure in the middle - Saints style. Look to see some changes for the next game or we are done. DisplacedFan
  • Score: 28

4:43am Sun 15 Jun 14

bakeyboy says...

Have to agree Rooney apart from the cross for the goal did nothing and missed a couple of chances when they came his way, he does not look fit enough to be able to play in that position because he just could not track back and left Baines too exposed on several occasions. Baines also had a poor game and just was not prepared to run at their defence when he had the opportunity, lets get Luke involved for the next game and you will see a much better player in that position. Johnson couldn't trap a bag of cement and he is supposed to be the best right back in England (God help us) and what does Hodgson see in Wellbeck, he must be amazing in training because when ever I have seen him play for England he is absolutely clueless and runs around like a headless chicken, but apart from that I thought we did ok. The difference was Italy were comfortable in possession and we are not, we only started playing football when went behind and by then it was too late. Oh well the lads will be able to get back to their holidays soon and we can get on with the business of selling Lallana, Luke, Chambers and probably Lovren and get some decent Dutch replacements in to us to the next level. CORS!
Have to agree Rooney apart from the cross for the goal did nothing and missed a couple of chances when they came his way, he does not look fit enough to be able to play in that position because he just could not track back and left Baines too exposed on several occasions. Baines also had a poor game and just was not prepared to run at their defence when he had the opportunity, lets get Luke involved for the next game and you will see a much better player in that position. Johnson couldn't trap a bag of cement and he is supposed to be the best right back in England (God help us) and what does Hodgson see in Wellbeck, he must be amazing in training because when ever I have seen him play for England he is absolutely clueless and runs around like a headless chicken, but apart from that I thought we did ok. The difference was Italy were comfortable in possession and we are not, we only started playing football when went behind and by then it was too late. Oh well the lads will be able to get back to their holidays soon and we can get on with the business of selling Lallana, Luke, Chambers and probably Lovren and get some decent Dutch replacements in to us to the next level. CORS! bakeyboy
  • Score: 14

5:28am Sun 15 Jun 14

montecristosaint says...

bakeyboy wrote:
Have to agree Rooney apart from the cross for the goal did nothing and missed a couple of chances when they came his way, he does not look fit enough to be able to play in that position because he just could not track back and left Baines too exposed on several occasions. Baines also had a poor game and just was not prepared to run at their defence when he had the opportunity, lets get Luke involved for the next game and you will see a much better player in that position. Johnson couldn't trap a bag of cement and he is supposed to be the best right back in England (God help us) and what does Hodgson see in Wellbeck, he must be amazing in training because when ever I have seen him play for England he is absolutely clueless and runs around like a headless chicken, but apart from that I thought we did ok. The difference was Italy were comfortable in possession and we are not, we only started playing football when went behind and by then it was too late. Oh well the lads will be able to get back to their holidays soon and we can get on with the business of selling Lallana, Luke, Chambers and probably Lovren and get some decent Dutch replacements in to us to the next level. CORS!
I agree Rooney was poor except for his cross for the goal, which was class, he was played out of position. He may be dropped for Oxlade Chamberlain next game, or Lallana may play out wide, which to me would be the best option. Baines was poor and Shaw ought to start next game, he would have done a lot better against Italy tracking back. Welbeck though I was impressed with, he was better than Gerrard who did nothing. Henderson was ok but no more than that. I find it strange that Clyne was not picked for England, and I still say John Terry should have been on the plane.Hodgson hs some serious thinking to do as we will be up against Suarez next game, and that worries me. Shaw really must play.
[quote][p][bold]bakeyboy[/bold] wrote: Have to agree Rooney apart from the cross for the goal did nothing and missed a couple of chances when they came his way, he does not look fit enough to be able to play in that position because he just could not track back and left Baines too exposed on several occasions. Baines also had a poor game and just was not prepared to run at their defence when he had the opportunity, lets get Luke involved for the next game and you will see a much better player in that position. Johnson couldn't trap a bag of cement and he is supposed to be the best right back in England (God help us) and what does Hodgson see in Wellbeck, he must be amazing in training because when ever I have seen him play for England he is absolutely clueless and runs around like a headless chicken, but apart from that I thought we did ok. The difference was Italy were comfortable in possession and we are not, we only started playing football when went behind and by then it was too late. Oh well the lads will be able to get back to their holidays soon and we can get on with the business of selling Lallana, Luke, Chambers and probably Lovren and get some decent Dutch replacements in to us to the next level. CORS![/p][/quote]I agree Rooney was poor except for his cross for the goal, which was class, he was played out of position. He may be dropped for Oxlade Chamberlain next game, or Lallana may play out wide, which to me would be the best option. Baines was poor and Shaw ought to start next game, he would have done a lot better against Italy tracking back. Welbeck though I was impressed with, he was better than Gerrard who did nothing. Henderson was ok but no more than that. I find it strange that Clyne was not picked for England, and I still say John Terry should have been on the plane.Hodgson hs some serious thinking to do as we will be up against Suarez next game, and that worries me. Shaw really must play. montecristosaint
  • Score: 13

5:28am Sun 15 Jun 14

montecristosaint says...

bakeyboy wrote:
Have to agree Rooney apart from the cross for the goal did nothing and missed a couple of chances when they came his way, he does not look fit enough to be able to play in that position because he just could not track back and left Baines too exposed on several occasions. Baines also had a poor game and just was not prepared to run at their defence when he had the opportunity, lets get Luke involved for the next game and you will see a much better player in that position. Johnson couldn't trap a bag of cement and he is supposed to be the best right back in England (God help us) and what does Hodgson see in Wellbeck, he must be amazing in training because when ever I have seen him play for England he is absolutely clueless and runs around like a headless chicken, but apart from that I thought we did ok. The difference was Italy were comfortable in possession and we are not, we only started playing football when went behind and by then it was too late. Oh well the lads will be able to get back to their holidays soon and we can get on with the business of selling Lallana, Luke, Chambers and probably Lovren and get some decent Dutch replacements in to us to the next level. CORS!
I agree Rooney was poor except for his cross for the goal, which was class, he was played out of position. He may be dropped for Oxlade Chamberlain next game, or Lallana may play out wide, which to me would be the best option. Baines was poor and Shaw ought to start next game, he would have done a lot better against Italy tracking back. Welbeck though I was impressed with, he was better than Gerrard who did nothing. Henderson was ok but no more than that. I find it strange that Clyne was not picked for England, and I still say John Terry should have been on the plane.Hodgson hs some serious thinking to do as we will be up against Suarez next game, and that worries me. Shaw really must play.
[quote][p][bold]bakeyboy[/bold] wrote: Have to agree Rooney apart from the cross for the goal did nothing and missed a couple of chances when they came his way, he does not look fit enough to be able to play in that position because he just could not track back and left Baines too exposed on several occasions. Baines also had a poor game and just was not prepared to run at their defence when he had the opportunity, lets get Luke involved for the next game and you will see a much better player in that position. Johnson couldn't trap a bag of cement and he is supposed to be the best right back in England (God help us) and what does Hodgson see in Wellbeck, he must be amazing in training because when ever I have seen him play for England he is absolutely clueless and runs around like a headless chicken, but apart from that I thought we did ok. The difference was Italy were comfortable in possession and we are not, we only started playing football when went behind and by then it was too late. Oh well the lads will be able to get back to their holidays soon and we can get on with the business of selling Lallana, Luke, Chambers and probably Lovren and get some decent Dutch replacements in to us to the next level. CORS![/p][/quote]I agree Rooney was poor except for his cross for the goal, which was class, he was played out of position. He may be dropped for Oxlade Chamberlain next game, or Lallana may play out wide, which to me would be the best option. Baines was poor and Shaw ought to start next game, he would have done a lot better against Italy tracking back. Welbeck though I was impressed with, he was better than Gerrard who did nothing. Henderson was ok but no more than that. I find it strange that Clyne was not picked for England, and I still say John Terry should have been on the plane.Hodgson hs some serious thinking to do as we will be up against Suarez next game, and that worries me. Shaw really must play. montecristosaint
  • Score: 4

8:58am Sun 15 Jun 14

ulrichvangobbel says...

The only way England can progress is if Rooney breaks his leg. Putting sterling in the middle shows Roy clearly thinks he's better than pooney, so why not playing a winger instead of putting shrek out wide. Putting square pegs in round holes is why England have been turgid for 16 years.
The only way England can progress is if Rooney breaks his leg. Putting sterling in the middle shows Roy clearly thinks he's better than pooney, so why not playing a winger instead of putting shrek out wide. Putting square pegs in round holes is why England have been turgid for 16 years. ulrichvangobbel
  • Score: 11

9:03am Sun 15 Jun 14

Stroppy_gramps says...

pointless having Rooney on the pitch.

He is NOT the talisman the media so desparately want him to be. Never achieved anything in an England shirt, never scored at a world cup. Never going to.

Consign him to history along with the rest of the flops from the last world cup.

Most hilarious comment I've seen is about how he wasn't comfortable with the increased work rate required by where he was playing - speaks volumes. He does not deserve the reputation he's got. His workrate was simply not good enough for where he was (and if you argument is that he worked really hard my response is that no matter how hard he may have worked it was not enough). Left massive gaps behind him constantly and simply looked uncomfortable at best when defending.

If we want England to actually ever get anywhere in a competition we need to get away from this sentimentality and attitude of 'THIS time he'll come good'. We don't have time for this. It's the world cup - you turn up ready or not at all. If you don't cut it, you shouldn't be there.

If you want to compare - the media say our talisman is Rooney. Italy's talisman is Pirlo.

I need say nothing more - we need a different talisman.
pointless having Rooney on the pitch. He is NOT the talisman the media so desparately want him to be. Never achieved anything in an England shirt, never scored at a world cup. Never going to. Consign him to history along with the rest of the flops from the last world cup. Most hilarious comment I've seen is about how he wasn't comfortable with the increased work rate required by where he was playing - speaks volumes. He does not deserve the reputation he's got. His workrate was simply not good enough for where he was (and if you argument is that he worked really hard my response is that no matter how hard he may have worked it was not enough). Left massive gaps behind him constantly and simply looked uncomfortable at best when defending. If we want England to actually ever get anywhere in a competition we need to get away from this sentimentality and attitude of 'THIS time he'll come good'. We don't have time for this. It's the world cup - you turn up ready or not at all. If you don't cut it, you shouldn't be there. If you want to compare - the media say our talisman is Rooney. Italy's talisman is Pirlo. I need say nothing more - we need a different talisman. Stroppy_gramps
  • Score: 19

9:24am Sun 15 Jun 14

saint Compo says...

Lambert and Lallana should start the next game instead of Rooney and Wellbeck. Hodgson has been praised for playing players in their best positions but playing Rooney in the wide left role was a foolish experiment, only tried once before (against Honduras) when presumably it also failed (given our failure to score then).

Cole (!!) should be playing instead of Baines. Shaw is too risky a choice against Uruguay.

Johnson is weak at right back and Hodgson should have given Clyne a chance in pre World Cup games. Johnson's cover is Smalling or Jones, neither of whom are up to much.
Lambert and Lallana should start the next game instead of Rooney and Wellbeck. Hodgson has been praised for playing players in their best positions but playing Rooney in the wide left role was a foolish experiment, only tried once before (against Honduras) when presumably it also failed (given our failure to score then). Cole (!!) should be playing instead of Baines. Shaw is too risky a choice against Uruguay. Johnson is weak at right back and Hodgson should have given Clyne a chance in pre World Cup games. Johnson's cover is Smalling or Jones, neither of whom are up to much. saint Compo
  • Score: 6

10:01am Sun 15 Jun 14

Babylon51 says...

bakeyboy wrote:
Have to agree Rooney apart from the cross for the goal did nothing and missed a couple of chances when they came his way, he does not look fit enough to be able to play in that position because he just could not track back and left Baines too exposed on several occasions. Baines also had a poor game and just was not prepared to run at their defence when he had the opportunity, lets get Luke involved for the next game and you will see a much better player in that position. Johnson couldn't trap a bag of cement and he is supposed to be the best right back in England (God help us) and what does Hodgson see in Wellbeck, he must be amazing in training because when ever I have seen him play for England he is absolutely clueless and runs around like a headless chicken, but apart from that I thought we did ok. The difference was Italy were comfortable in possession and we are not, we only started playing football when went behind and by then it was too late. Oh well the lads will be able to get back to their holidays soon and we can get on with the business of selling Lallana, Luke, Chambers and probably Lovren and get some decent Dutch replacements in to us to the next level. CORS!
Totally agree . But you have to question the teams fitness with players going down with cramp, and a 35 year old for Italy who ran the whole show showing no symptoms of fatigue!
[quote][p][bold]bakeyboy[/bold] wrote: Have to agree Rooney apart from the cross for the goal did nothing and missed a couple of chances when they came his way, he does not look fit enough to be able to play in that position because he just could not track back and left Baines too exposed on several occasions. Baines also had a poor game and just was not prepared to run at their defence when he had the opportunity, lets get Luke involved for the next game and you will see a much better player in that position. Johnson couldn't trap a bag of cement and he is supposed to be the best right back in England (God help us) and what does Hodgson see in Wellbeck, he must be amazing in training because when ever I have seen him play for England he is absolutely clueless and runs around like a headless chicken, but apart from that I thought we did ok. The difference was Italy were comfortable in possession and we are not, we only started playing football when went behind and by then it was too late. Oh well the lads will be able to get back to their holidays soon and we can get on with the business of selling Lallana, Luke, Chambers and probably Lovren and get some decent Dutch replacements in to us to the next level. CORS![/p][/quote]Totally agree . But you have to question the teams fitness with players going down with cramp, and a 35 year old for Italy who ran the whole show showing no symptoms of fatigue! Babylon51
  • Score: 8

10:03am Sun 15 Jun 14

pitbull says...

Hodgson should have taken Rooney off and put Lambert on with 15 minutes to go. Then moved Sterling to the left flank.

We needed to score, so another striker should have joined the match. England had plenty of players able to get the ball in the area, but not many had their shooting boots on.
Hodgson should have taken Rooney off and put Lambert on with 15 minutes to go. Then moved Sterling to the left flank. We needed to score, so another striker should have joined the match. England had plenty of players able to get the ball in the area, but not many had their shooting boots on. pitbull
  • Score: 2

10:42am Sun 15 Jun 14

el caballo santos101 says...

I'm afraid your defending the indefensible there Roy, if you cant see how poor shriek was theres no hope. Baines did have a poor game and made a few mistakes but he was left on his own too many times because shriek couldn't, or wouldn't cover or track back. If you really want sterling to play as the no. 10 then you have to drop shriek, don't just try to 'fit him in' as it didn't and wont work!
Pirlo ran the game again and was given too much space and time, does anyone think he would have got that playing against saints? Listening to the fans cheering and going ole when Italy were passing it around for fun was embarrassing. I know it was hot but they weren't even chasing them down in the first half.
I'm afraid your defending the indefensible there Roy, if you cant see how poor shriek was theres no hope. Baines did have a poor game and made a few mistakes but he was left on his own too many times because shriek couldn't, or wouldn't cover or track back. If you really want sterling to play as the no. 10 then you have to drop shriek, don't just try to 'fit him in' as it didn't and wont work! Pirlo ran the game again and was given too much space and time, does anyone think he would have got that playing against saints? Listening to the fans cheering and going ole when Italy were passing it around for fun was embarrassing. I know it was hot but they weren't even chasing them down in the first half. el caballo santos101
  • Score: 5

10:54am Sun 15 Jun 14

GHamilton says...

Hodgson spent hours at SMS earlier this year ....seems to have learnt nothing. Luke Shaw left out; Rickie Lambert left out; Adam Lallana given 12 mins, even Wilshire gets the call before him. Shaw Lambert and Lallana should start against Uraguay..... but wont..... Rooney will. Hodgson to be sacked before new season kicks off in August.
Hodgson spent hours at SMS earlier this year ....seems to have learnt nothing. Luke Shaw left out; Rickie Lambert left out; Adam Lallana given 12 mins, even Wilshire gets the call before him. Shaw Lambert and Lallana should start against Uraguay..... but wont..... Rooney will. Hodgson to be sacked before new season kicks off in August. GHamilton
  • Score: 3

10:59am Sun 15 Jun 14

pitbull says...

Nothing to do with this article but reports are saying Koeman wants to bring his brother, Edwin, with him as assistant manager.
The reports also say Koeman wants Graziano Pelle as a replacement for SRL.
Nothing to do with this article but reports are saying Koeman wants to bring his brother, Edwin, with him as assistant manager. The reports also say Koeman wants Graziano Pelle as a replacement for SRL. pitbull
  • Score: 4

11:03am Sun 15 Jun 14

pitbull says...

The Telegraph are also saying that the Saints board have turned down the offer from Man Utd for Shaw.
The Telegraph are also saying that the Saints board have turned down the offer from Man Utd for Shaw. pitbull
  • Score: 5

11:25am Sun 15 Jun 14

expatsaint says...

It's amusing to hear Rio Ferdinand saying that England MUST play Rooney - just look at his scoring record for England! From 82 caps, 39 goals - true, it's not a bad return for international games. But look at his World Cup record, when the cream of the world's players rise to the top. Eight games, no goals, 1 assist (last night's cross to Sturridge). Those are the statistics that great players are judged by and Rooney cannot compare. He can score against the likes of Moldova and Macedonia but put him on the world's biggest stage and he's a paper tiger. Time to put him out to pasture Roy.
It's amusing to hear Rio Ferdinand saying that England MUST play Rooney - just look at his scoring record for England! From 82 caps, 39 goals - true, it's not a bad return for international games. But look at his World Cup record, when the cream of the world's players rise to the top. Eight games, no goals, 1 assist (last night's cross to Sturridge). Those are the statistics that great players are judged by and Rooney cannot compare. He can score against the likes of Moldova and Macedonia but put him on the world's biggest stage and he's a paper tiger. Time to put him out to pasture Roy. expatsaint
  • Score: 4

11:32am Sun 15 Jun 14

SFCOLDBOY says...

Babylon51 wrote:
bakeyboy wrote:
Have to agree Rooney apart from the cross for the goal did nothing and missed a couple of chances when they came his way, he does not look fit enough to be able to play in that position because he just could not track back and left Baines too exposed on several occasions. Baines also had a poor game and just was not prepared to run at their defence when he had the opportunity, lets get Luke involved for the next game and you will see a much better player in that position. Johnson couldn't trap a bag of cement and he is supposed to be the best right back in England (God help us) and what does Hodgson see in Wellbeck, he must be amazing in training because when ever I have seen him play for England he is absolutely clueless and runs around like a headless chicken, but apart from that I thought we did ok. The difference was Italy were comfortable in possession and we are not, we only started playing football when went behind and by then it was too late. Oh well the lads will be able to get back to their holidays soon and we can get on with the business of selling Lallana, Luke, Chambers and probably Lovren and get some decent Dutch replacements in to us to the next level. CORS!
Totally agree . But you have to question the teams fitness with players going down with cramp, and a 35 year old for Italy who ran the whole show showing no symptoms of fatigue!
And the reason for that is he just strolled around most of the time.
When he didn't have the ball he just kept jogging into position, to receive the next.
Simple passes.
LET THE BALL DO THE WORK.
Thats what he did brilliantly.
Offered a 2 Year extention to his contract with his club, tells its' own story for a player of his age.
[quote][p][bold]Babylon51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bakeyboy[/bold] wrote: Have to agree Rooney apart from the cross for the goal did nothing and missed a couple of chances when they came his way, he does not look fit enough to be able to play in that position because he just could not track back and left Baines too exposed on several occasions. Baines also had a poor game and just was not prepared to run at their defence when he had the opportunity, lets get Luke involved for the next game and you will see a much better player in that position. Johnson couldn't trap a bag of cement and he is supposed to be the best right back in England (God help us) and what does Hodgson see in Wellbeck, he must be amazing in training because when ever I have seen him play for England he is absolutely clueless and runs around like a headless chicken, but apart from that I thought we did ok. The difference was Italy were comfortable in possession and we are not, we only started playing football when went behind and by then it was too late. Oh well the lads will be able to get back to their holidays soon and we can get on with the business of selling Lallana, Luke, Chambers and probably Lovren and get some decent Dutch replacements in to us to the next level. CORS![/p][/quote]Totally agree . But you have to question the teams fitness with players going down with cramp, and a 35 year old for Italy who ran the whole show showing no symptoms of fatigue![/p][/quote]And the reason for that is he just strolled around most of the time. When he didn't have the ball he just kept jogging into position, to receive the next. Simple passes. LET THE BALL DO THE WORK. Thats what he did brilliantly. Offered a 2 Year extention to his contract with his club, tells its' own story for a player of his age. SFCOLDBOY
  • Score: 1

11:32am Sun 15 Jun 14

SFCOLDBOY says...

Babylon51 wrote:
bakeyboy wrote:
Have to agree Rooney apart from the cross for the goal did nothing and missed a couple of chances when they came his way, he does not look fit enough to be able to play in that position because he just could not track back and left Baines too exposed on several occasions. Baines also had a poor game and just was not prepared to run at their defence when he had the opportunity, lets get Luke involved for the next game and you will see a much better player in that position. Johnson couldn't trap a bag of cement and he is supposed to be the best right back in England (God help us) and what does Hodgson see in Wellbeck, he must be amazing in training because when ever I have seen him play for England he is absolutely clueless and runs around like a headless chicken, but apart from that I thought we did ok. The difference was Italy were comfortable in possession and we are not, we only started playing football when went behind and by then it was too late. Oh well the lads will be able to get back to their holidays soon and we can get on with the business of selling Lallana, Luke, Chambers and probably Lovren and get some decent Dutch replacements in to us to the next level. CORS!
Totally agree . But you have to question the teams fitness with players going down with cramp, and a 35 year old for Italy who ran the whole show showing no symptoms of fatigue!
And the reason for that is he just strolled around most of the time.
When he didn't have the ball he just kept jogging into position, to receive the next.
Simple passes.
LET THE BALL DO THE WORK.
Thats what he did brilliantly.
Offered a 2 Year extention to his contract with his club, tells its' own story for a player of his age.
[quote][p][bold]Babylon51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bakeyboy[/bold] wrote: Have to agree Rooney apart from the cross for the goal did nothing and missed a couple of chances when they came his way, he does not look fit enough to be able to play in that position because he just could not track back and left Baines too exposed on several occasions. Baines also had a poor game and just was not prepared to run at their defence when he had the opportunity, lets get Luke involved for the next game and you will see a much better player in that position. Johnson couldn't trap a bag of cement and he is supposed to be the best right back in England (God help us) and what does Hodgson see in Wellbeck, he must be amazing in training because when ever I have seen him play for England he is absolutely clueless and runs around like a headless chicken, but apart from that I thought we did ok. The difference was Italy were comfortable in possession and we are not, we only started playing football when went behind and by then it was too late. Oh well the lads will be able to get back to their holidays soon and we can get on with the business of selling Lallana, Luke, Chambers and probably Lovren and get some decent Dutch replacements in to us to the next level. CORS![/p][/quote]Totally agree . But you have to question the teams fitness with players going down with cramp, and a 35 year old for Italy who ran the whole show showing no symptoms of fatigue![/p][/quote]And the reason for that is he just strolled around most of the time. When he didn't have the ball he just kept jogging into position, to receive the next. Simple passes. LET THE BALL DO THE WORK. Thats what he did brilliantly. Offered a 2 Year extention to his contract with his club, tells its' own story for a player of his age. SFCOLDBOY
  • Score: 1

12:07pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Des/Isle of Wight/SFC says...

Wayne Rooney.........repor
tedly earns £250,000 per week, made one decent cross and did fcuk all else during the rest of the game. I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks he's just a waste of talent who would be better off dropped for the next game. He just doesn't have the commitment in my opinion and we can do better than him. Roy Hodgson may have picked players from outside the top 6 in the Premier League for his squad but I don't believe he has a clue how, or when, to use them to maximise their full potential. I'm sorry to say that our plane will be coming home sooner rather than later. I truly hope I am proved wrong.
Wayne Rooney.........repor tedly earns £250,000 per week, made one decent cross and did fcuk all else during the rest of the game. I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks he's just a waste of talent who would be better off dropped for the next game. He just doesn't have the commitment in my opinion and we can do better than him. Roy Hodgson may have picked players from outside the top 6 in the Premier League for his squad but I don't believe he has a clue how, or when, to use them to maximise their full potential. I'm sorry to say that our plane will be coming home sooner rather than later. I truly hope I am proved wrong. Des/Isle of Wight/SFC
  • Score: 2

1:10pm Sun 15 Jun 14

03alpe01 says...

Des/Isle of Wight/SFC wrote:
Wayne Rooney.........repor

tedly earns £250,000 per week, made one decent cross and did fcuk all else during the rest of the game. I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks he's just a waste of talent who would be better off dropped for the next game. He just doesn't have the commitment in my opinion and we can do better than him. Roy Hodgson may have picked players from outside the top 6 in the Premier League for his squad but I don't believe he has a clue how, or when, to use them to maximise their full potential. I'm sorry to say that our plane will be coming home sooner rather than later. I truly hope I am proved wrong.
Slight correction. He is on £300,000 a week but I agree with the rest of your post. It is about time that Big Club (Hodgson) and the English media saw sense and dropped him. He is nothing. Since bursting onto the scene at Euro 2004 he has only scored one goal in a major tournament. And even then, it was a 2 yard header into an empty net that your granny would have scored. £300,000 a week and England's 'main goal threat'. Where do I sign up?
[quote][p][bold]Des/Isle of Wight/SFC[/bold] wrote: Wayne Rooney.........repor tedly earns £250,000 per week, made one decent cross and did fcuk all else during the rest of the game. I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks he's just a waste of talent who would be better off dropped for the next game. He just doesn't have the commitment in my opinion and we can do better than him. Roy Hodgson may have picked players from outside the top 6 in the Premier League for his squad but I don't believe he has a clue how, or when, to use them to maximise their full potential. I'm sorry to say that our plane will be coming home sooner rather than later. I truly hope I am proved wrong.[/p][/quote]Slight correction. He is on £300,000 a week but I agree with the rest of your post. It is about time that Big Club (Hodgson) and the English media saw sense and dropped him. He is nothing. Since bursting onto the scene at Euro 2004 he has only scored one goal in a major tournament. And even then, it was a 2 yard header into an empty net that your granny would have scored. £300,000 a week and England's 'main goal threat'. Where do I sign up? 03alpe01
  • Score: 5

1:15pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Southampton boy says...

Look at the positive one of the others big name side lost to a little known side so all we have to do is win the next two games as I cannot see CRC beating them so heads up and keep on believing.

But I agree Rooney is not an international player I have thought he was in my book drop him for the rest of the games, may be look at putting King Ricky in just behind to hold the ball and look for the killer pass we know he can do.
Look at the positive one of the others big name side lost to a little known side so all we have to do is win the next two games as I cannot see CRC beating them so heads up and keep on believing. But I agree Rooney is not an international player I have thought he was in my book drop him for the rest of the games, may be look at putting King Ricky in just behind to hold the ball and look for the killer pass we know he can do. Southampton boy
  • Score: 0

3:54pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Chapperall says...

I agree with everything that has been said so far Rooney and Baines were poor and left the LH side exposed too often, it wasn't by mistake that all there moves were down the LH side! I think Adam would cover the LH side better than Rooney and I think Shaw would relish the opportunity instead of Baines.
I think It would send a message if Hodgson dropped Rooney, but he won't though as there has been all this hype built up around him. Why can't we can't accept it that he is not world class .
On the positive side I can see some of the big European clubs coming in for Stirling and Sturridge. Give Diverpool a taste of their own medicine!
I agree with everything that has been said so far Rooney and Baines were poor and left the LH side exposed too often, it wasn't by mistake that all there moves were down the LH side! I think Adam would cover the LH side better than Rooney and I think Shaw would relish the opportunity instead of Baines. I think It would send a message if Hodgson dropped Rooney, but he won't though as there has been all this hype built up around him. Why can't we can't accept it that he is not world class . On the positive side I can see some of the big European clubs coming in for Stirling and Sturridge. Give Diverpool a taste of their own medicine! Chapperall
  • Score: 2

4:05pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Stroppy_gramps says...

Southampton boy wrote:
Look at the positive one of the others big name side lost to a little known side so all we have to do is win the next two games as I cannot see CRC beating them so heads up and keep on believing.

But I agree Rooney is not an international player I have thought he was in my book drop him for the rest of the games, may be look at putting King Ricky in just behind to hold the ball and look for the killer pass we know he can do.
you honestly reckon we're going to fare any better against Costa Rica?

They displayed the attitude the England team should have.

Instead of which the same old no hopers keep getting picked because apparently they are the best we have to offer. the amount of money Rooney gets per week (or anyone else) is quite clearly NO reflection of what we are seeing in an England shirt. Even Gerrard was nowhere to be seen last night.
I'm bored of watching the team get hyped up and then go precisely nowhere in major competitions. I'm bored of watching Rooney waddle around the pitch doing the square root of jack sh*t. One f*cking assist and the media wet themselves.

The team need to up themselves considerably otherwise we aren't getting out of the group. And frankly - I don't think we actually deserve to if we are going to keep on picking the same failures time after time.
[quote][p][bold]Southampton boy[/bold] wrote: Look at the positive one of the others big name side lost to a little known side so all we have to do is win the next two games as I cannot see CRC beating them so heads up and keep on believing. But I agree Rooney is not an international player I have thought he was in my book drop him for the rest of the games, may be look at putting King Ricky in just behind to hold the ball and look for the killer pass we know he can do.[/p][/quote]you honestly reckon we're going to fare any better against Costa Rica? They displayed the attitude the England team should have. Instead of which the same old no hopers keep getting picked because apparently they are the best we have to offer. the amount of money Rooney gets per week (or anyone else) is quite clearly NO reflection of what we are seeing in an England shirt. Even Gerrard was nowhere to be seen last night. I'm bored of watching the team get hyped up and then go precisely nowhere in major competitions. I'm bored of watching Rooney waddle around the pitch doing the square root of jack sh*t. One f*cking assist and the media wet themselves. The team need to up themselves considerably otherwise we aren't getting out of the group. And frankly - I don't think we actually deserve to if we are going to keep on picking the same failures time after time. Stroppy_gramps
  • Score: 1

10:46pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Clever Dick says...

This is all very disrespectful to Shrek. I mean yes he is cr@p at football but he's not all bad. He was darn good in his last movie "Shrek forever"
This is all very disrespectful to Shrek. I mean yes he is cr@p at football but he's not all bad. He was darn good in his last movie "Shrek forever" Clever Dick
  • Score: 2

8:02am Mon 16 Jun 14

Crossley Place Saint says...

Rooney's pitiful corner towards the end of the game summed up his underperformance. £300,000 a week! A surgeon - maybe specialising in cancer or brain damage - earns barely a third of that in a YEAR, after 10-12 years of the most intensive training and examinations. If the surgeon were to make a mistake in basic technique in a routine procedure - like Rooney's corner - it could lead to the death of a patient; the surgeon would be up before a disciplinary tribunal and even if he kept his job he would be demoted and not allowed to work unsupervised. And Rooney? He will just carry on underperforming for England, and counting his money. Much of modern football makes me sick, and it has been poisoned by Sky money.
Rooney's pitiful corner towards the end of the game summed up his underperformance. £300,000 a week! A surgeon - maybe specialising in cancer or brain damage - earns barely a third of that in a YEAR, after 10-12 years of the most intensive training and examinations. If the surgeon were to make a mistake in basic technique in a routine procedure - like Rooney's corner - it could lead to the death of a patient; the surgeon would be up before a disciplinary tribunal and even if he kept his job he would be demoted and not allowed to work unsupervised. And Rooney? He will just carry on underperforming for England, and counting his money. Much of modern football makes me sick, and it has been poisoned by Sky money. Crossley Place Saint
  • Score: 3

11:24pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Dave Juson says...

With the exception of one year (1966) England has failed in every World Cup since 1950. I can’t help thinking that blaming Roy Hodgson or Wayne Rooney is missing the point, hopelessly, by some distance. After all, it is not their fault that they were the best people available to take on the jobs they had over the summer.
With the exception of one year (1966) England has failed in every World Cup since 1950. I can’t help thinking that blaming Roy Hodgson or Wayne Rooney is missing the point, hopelessly, by some distance. After all, it is not their fault that they were the best people available to take on the jobs they had over the summer. Dave Juson
  • Score: 0

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