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England boss Hodgson ‘would drop Rooney’


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By Andrew Tuft

Friday 30 May 2014

England manager Roy Hodgson has insisted he wouldn’t be afraid to drop one of his side’s big names, including striker Wayne Rooney, the Daily Telegraph has reported.


Roy Hodgson


Rooney was criticised by former Manchester United teammate Paul Scholes and while England captain Steven Gerrard came to his colleague’s defence , Hodgson has said that if need be he would bench the forward.


Hodgson added however that he doesn’t feel Scholes’ comments were valid. “I’d like to think that, as a manager for a long time, I have the capacity to make the decisions that are necessary,” Hodgson said.


“Secondly, of course I don’t think Wayne’s past his best. I’ve selected him in a 23-man squad that I’m very proud of. I believe in Wayne Rooney. He’s still a young man,” the former West Bromwich Albion boss argued.


“My third point is, if I’m going to have to comment and defend people or challenge opinions, I’m going to be a very busy man at this World Cup. Maybe the next one is Franz Beckenbauer or Pele. Who knows? If I’m going to answer every criticism from people worthy of that opinion, I’ll be busy.”


Rooney is likely to be involved in the England side to play Peru at Wembley tonight in the Three Lions’ last home game before travelling to the World Cup. England began their tournament against Italy on June 13, then play Uruguay and Costa Rica to round out Group D.


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