Hodgson has England squad backing, insists Rooney

Wayne Rooney has insisted there’s no unhappiness in the England squad regarding Roy Hodgson’s management, ESPN has reported.

The captain said he wasn’t speaking personally when he offered his full support to the manager, who was criticised following England’s lacklustre display in beating Norway last week, the first international game since a disappointing World Cup.

England exited the summer tournament at the group stage, failing to a win game – losing to Italy and Uruguay and drawing a dead rubber with quarter-finalists Costa Rica.

“Us as a team, not just myself, we back Roy 100%,” Rooney said. “We made that clear after we went out of the World Cup – he brings ideas to us. We know that the World Cup was a disappointment, but I still feel we can move forward as a team.

“We’re progressing all the time. I think that will show in the next two years,” the Manchester United forward continued. “The lads are working hard to get the best out of the ideas Roy is showing us.”

Hodgson has been England manager since May 2012, replacing Fabio Capello. The 67-year-old has managed the likes of Halmstads, Inter, Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at club level, and held international posts with Finland, the United Arab Emirates and Switzerland, who oppose England in Euro 2016 qualification.

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