Hodgson has been amazed that Rooneyâ€™s past image as an Âunintelligent hot-head was so far off the mark.
This struck the coach earlier in the year when he and some Âmembers of the national team Âvisited Auschwitz, the site of the biggest mass murder ever carried out, before playing Poland in a ÂEuro 2014 qualifying game.
â€śWayne was incredibly moved by the experience,â€ť recalled Hodgson. â€śAt one point Joe Hart put his hand on his shoulder and asked him if he was alright.
â€śI wasnâ€™t surprised because since getting to know Wayne I know how different he is to the public Âperception.
â€śMany football players have a reputation that is far different to the reputation they deserve. He is one of them.
â€śMy concern was that he was going to be too moved. That the Âexperience would give him â€“ and others â€“ nightmares and they wouldnâ€™t be strong enough to take it. Luckily that wasnâ€™t the case.â€ť