Rooney struggled in his wide role for the Three Lions last night as they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Italy, although the Manchester United did perfectly set up Daniel Sturridge for the England goal.
Mourinho believes Rooney is sacrificing his own game to help the team but wants Hodgson to use him in a more central role next time out against Uruguay.
“I don’t think it is the best position for Wayne,” Mourinho told Eurosport.
“But I think many, many times players must do sacrifices for their team and I think Wayne did well.
“I think in this moment after defeat it is quite easy and it is a normal tendency to try and find the reasons for the defeat but I think it is fair to say that the reason for the England defeat was a great Italy.
“Obviously Roy was trying to play at the same time Rooney, Sterling and Welbeck with Sturridge, and to do that somebody has to play a bit more on the side and Wayne did his job.
“He got an assist for the goal with good participation in the game. But he loses a bit of his danger because he is naturally a goalscorer when he plays more in central positions.”