Hodgson: Man Utd's Rooney magnificent during Euros

England coach Roy Hodgson says Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was full of enthusiasm during the Euros.
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England coach Roy Hodgson says Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was full of enthusiasm during the Euros.

Hodgson yesterday came out in support of his frontman, who missed the first two games of the tournament through suspension.

The Three Lions chief said: “Wayne’s attitude was magnificent. He was putting in extra work in training because he was concerned he was behind the others having missed the first two group games.

“He was trying to do extra work and we were trying to put the brakes on. His desire to do well was enormous.

“In the final game against Italy he, along with one or two other players, didn’t play to the level he can. But that’s what football is about.

“If every player was a robot, and played at the same level in every game, then football would be a very simple game and we wouldn’t need coaches.”

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