Hodgson refused to accept the theory, largely expounded by Sir Alex Ferguson, that Rooney needs a run of games to return to full sharpness.
“I don’t have to accept those valuations – we think we know where he [Rooney] is, how his fitness is being maintained or progressing. We took him and Steven Gerrard off, important members of our squad, and 3-0 seemed an opportunity to give younger ones a go. I don’t have any fears in that respect. His attitude and commitment are first-class, even in a game of this nature. He has two more weeks to keep that going.”
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