Fulham boss Roy Hodgson has backed Jimmy Bullard to find top form
again, having recently been criticised for his displays in the
The 30-year-old won a call-up to the England squad earlier this season,
but has since struggled to maintain his form for his club side.
However, Hodgson has no doubts over the enthusiasm and commitment of the former Wigan Athletic and Peterborough United schemer.
He said: "With football players a lot depends on perception or expectations.
"Maybe before he got called up the magnifying glass was not so often used when it came to Jimmy's performances.
"Now he's really being looked at through the telescopic lens and people are analysing everything he does.
"Every time he loses a ball or a challenge it's being totted up.
Perhaps in the past that wasn't the case. I think that's what happens
when you play well enough to get an England call-up, as suddenly you're
in the spotlight.
"Jimmy's game is about passing and energetic movement through the
midfield. People are criticising him for missing a few passes and
losing a few balls when he shouldn't have done, but he's fully aware of
"We are perfectly happy with the work he's putting in and the desire he has.
"We all rely on small margins and to be a success or failure you'll
have those sorts of days and maybe on the days he hasn't been
functioning to 100 per cent or as we'd like him to, there are other
players who have."