Captain Wayne Rooney was wasteful in front of a goal in England’s 5-0 win against San Marino yesterday but coach Roy Hodgson has come forward in his defence today. Hodgson also claimed that Rooney is not distracted by England goal-scoring record.
Wayne Rooney scored a goal through penalty against San Marino but he missed many clear opportunities to score. Rooney was criticized by the section of media and fans after his mediocre performance. But England boss has claimed that the captain is still focused on his work and he is not getting distracted by breaking a goal-scoring record for England.
Wayne Rooney now has 42 goals to his name for England, 7 short of all time highest scorer Sir Bobby Charlton.
“The goal scoring record won’t play on Wayne’s mind,” Hodgson said. He was speaking to The Guardian. “How old is he? [29 later in the month.] We’d like to think, with the way he is and the footballer he is, he’s got a good few years in him yet. There are plenty of games left. I don’t think we should put any pressure on him to reach targets early.”
Rooney is being criticized for his wastefulness against San Marino. But Hodgson said that his captain gave a solid performance yesterday. “Rooney got in a lot of times tonight. His runs were very good. He’s a bit disappointed with the chip. He thought that was on. I’m more than happy with him. It was another good captain’s performance. He was solid throughout.”
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers had criticized Hodgson for selecting Daniel Sturridge earlier and the player was not selected for yesterday’s game. Hodgson said that he was aware of the condition of Sturridge. “To be fair to Brendan, when I spoke to him about Daniel, we knew he wouldn’t be ready,” Hodgson said.
Liverpool players Henderson and Raheem Sterling were substituted by Hodgson in a half-time against San Marino but the coach said that it has nothing to do with Sturridge controversy.“We didn’t talk about the other two [Henderson and Sterling]. It was our decision to bring them off. With the wealth of talent we have in attacking areas, it was nice to take people like Sterling, Henderson and Welbeck off. They might play an important role for us against Estonia.”