Hodgson: ‘Rooney not to blame’ for England failure

England manager Roy Hodgson has hit back at critics of Wayne Rooney after last night’s defeat to Italy, as reported by Sky Sports.

The Manchester United striker played from the left wing and failed to make much of an impact as the Italians sneaked past Hodgson’s side in their World Cup opener.

The Three Lions were well in the game but failed to create sufficient chances and Hodgson’s team selection and tactics is already under scrutiny.

Rooney, who still has not yet scored a goal in a World Cup, was the face of frustration last night as England fans turned on their own side once again.

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Hodgson however feels Rooney did ‘quite well’ mainly because he set up England’s equaliser.

“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,” said Hodgson.

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