Rooney admits Redknapp preference for England job but gives backing to Hodgson

Wayne Rooney has admitted he wanted Harry Redknapp to be appointed as England manager following the resignation of Fabio Capello in 2012, but the Manchester United striker praised Roy Hodgson and offered the current incumbent his full support, the Daily Mail has reported.

Redknapp wrote in his autobiography – being serialised by the Mail – that a number of England players were in contact when the vacancy was being filled, wishing him luck in getting the job, and Rooney confirmed he was one of them.

I remember tweeting about it and saying I hoped he would get the England job,” Rooney said. “At the time he was doing a tremendous job with Tottenham, but then Roy has popped up and the FA have gone with Roy. For me it’s the right decision. I feel he’s going to take us to the World Cup and it’s probably the most I’ve enjoyed working with any England manager.

Capello quit the national team in February in the fall out of the row involving John Terry and the England captaincy, with Hodgson then in charge of West Bromwich Albion and the summer’s European Championship only months away.

Hodgson left the Hawthorns at the end of the 2011-12 season to take over from Capello and led England out of the group stage at Euro 2012, with the Three Lions later knocked out on penalties by eventual runners-up Italy.

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