Rooney blames Hodg­son for Euro woe

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WAYNE ROONEY has blamed Eng­land’s Euro 2016 hu­mil­i­a­tion on Roy Hodg­son’s un­suc­cess­ful se­lec­tion gam­ble.

Hodg­son made six changes for Eng­land’s fi­nal group match against Slo­vakia and the sub­se­quent goal­less draw cost Eng­land first place in their group.

Eng­land cap­tain Rooney was one of those rested by Hodg­son and the Manch­ester United for­ward says the loss of mo­men­tum caused by Hodg­son’s de­ci­sion was in­stru­men­tal in the team’s stun­ning last 16 de­feat against min­nows Ice­land.

“I wouldn’t have rested six play­ers. It’s more than half the team. It was a gam­ble and it didn’t pay off,” Rooney told the yes­ter­day.

“We had lost mo­men­tum from the Slo­vakia game and tour­na­ment foot­ball is about con­fi­dence. You get that from win­ning.

“We didn’t play great in the friendlies, but we won. So you try to build, even from be­fore the tour­na­ment, but we couldn’t get that con­sis­tency once it be­gan.

“It was Roy’s de­ci­sion to make changes against Slo­vakia and ei­ther way, the team he put out should have been able to win. But, right or wrong, I wanted to play and I can’t deny that.”

Rooney came on as a sub­sti­tute against Slo­vakia, but the 30-year-old in­sists Hodg­son, who stepped down im­me­di­ately after the Ice­land de­ba­cle, should have re­tained the team that de­feat­edeated Wales in the pre­vi­ous fix­ture.

“When I came on again­st­gainst Slo­vakia it was dif­fi­cult to change the game, ame, im­pos­si­ble re­ally. I was running around jus­tust try­ing to get the en­ergy back into the team,” m,” he said.

“Watch­ing, I felt we lacked cked ag­gres­sion — in the running, in the pass­ing,ng, we didn’t have the tempo, so that’s what I wass try­ing to cre­ate.”

Sam Al­lardyce has re­placed Hodg­son as Eng­land boss and he has soo far re­fused to con­firm if Rooney will re­main as na­tional team cap­tain.

Al­lardyce has said he will re­veal his de­ci­sion when the squad meet up p for their World Cup qual­i­fier against Slo­vakia in Septem­ber.

But Rooney is adamant he will con­tinue play­ing for Eng­land for at least two wo more years whether he is cap­tain or not.

“I’ll carry on un­til the World Cup in 2018 and then I might have a de­ci­sion to make,” he said.

“But for the next two years, cap­tain or not cap­tain, I’ll turn up and be avail­able to play if I am wanted.

“I’ve spo­ken to him. Not at length about how we’re go­ing to play or my role, but he seems very ex­cited about the job and he’ll have his own way of do­ing it.” — BBC Sport

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