Updated: 26/06/2012 22:03 | By pa.press.net

Hodgson: Rooney didn't perform



England put Wayne Rooney (© pictured)

England put Wayne Rooney (pictured) under a lot of pressure at Euro 2012 according to Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson admits Wayne Rooney failed to live up to expectations as England crashed out of Euro 2012 but insists the fitness of the striker was not an issue.

Head coach Hodgson was aware of the pressure on Rooney to perform at his best after returning from a two-match ban for his sending off against Montenegro in a qualifying game last October. But, after scoring the winner against Ukraine, Rooney was below par in the quarter-final defeat by Italy when England were beaten 4-2 on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes.

Hodgson said: "I think we put a lot of expectations on Wayne. Wayne certainly tried very hard, but he didn't have his best game. I think he would admit that."

He added: "When he missed the first two games, we were all believing that what we needed to do was to get to the third game and Wayne Rooney will win us the championships.

"That maybe was too much to ask of him."

But Hodgson conceded it was natural for the onus to be on the top players to perform on the biggest stages.

He said: "Do we put too much expectation on Rooney? Well we do, but so do other teams with their players, don't they? I think had (Andrea) Pirlo played poorly, it might have affected the Italians' performance.

"I think in all top international teams, you're looking at one, two, possibly three individuals that everyone recognises as being exceptional world-class talents.

"When you get to the big stage, you're hoping those players perform and show they're world-class talents, like the Maradonas that win Argentina a World Cup with his performance."

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26/06/2012 09:18
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When does he ever perform in a england shirt he hasnt performed since 2004.

I never have got how someone can be rated for doing so little. He isnt and never has been one of the best players in the world he is also to slow and to easy to read.

26/06/2012 09:34
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Rooney has been dining off his heroics in 2004, literally by the look of him. He simply isn't good enough at international level. What I find disgraceful is that he is supposed to be a professional athlete, yet every summer he piles on weight before crash dieting in the pre-season. Shocking.

 

It seems to me that everyone, except MUFC fans and the usual media pundits, knew Rooney would fail to deliver. As I posted before the Ukraine game, he should only be used as an impact sub . . . hopefully, Hodgson will now select unproven talent instead of proven failure.

26/06/2012 07:45
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So it's his attitude then!

I'm sure Rooney has no more pressure put on him than Ronaldo did by the Portugese, Pirlo likewise and they managed to perform. Going by his pre match interviews he seemed to talk a good game.

World class!.........Do me a favour please!!!

26/06/2012 08:24
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there is absolutely no excuses,ronaldo has played over 70 games this season & he is flying, true world class,look @ pirlo @ 33yrs old ran rings round our lot, time for a face lift hodgson.get rid & start again,with the kids.
26/06/2012 09:07
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And he is supposed to worth how much?
26/06/2012 09:41
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play your best team.  Not the most famous.
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Truth is Wayne did not look fit. He seemed to be carrying more weight,  was at least a half a yard down on his usual pace and was clearly, mentally, not match fit. Taking all this together and then playing him for the full two hours was an error of judgement.

 

I can only assume that Roy had accepted the likely inevitability of the penalties and rightly saw Rooney as a more reliable  taker than some of the others. 

 

But "World Class". Not on this showing, he isn't.

26/06/2012 08:23
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Sadly it looks like Rooney is a good club player. He may perform well against the poorer sides, but once on the big stage he is just another average player. His performances for England do not show him as a world class player. Players such as Lineker, Shearer, Owen, Gascoinge, Hoddle all managed to do it for England as well as for their club. Unfortunateley Rooney cannot.
26/06/2012 08:47
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I just can't agree with Hodgson about Rooney's fitness.  In both games he played in he looked to be exhausted after about 40 minutes.  Performances like that only serve to strengthen the call for players that want to play for England instead of believing they have a right (take note Rio)
26/06/2012 08:52
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rooney is no athelete and cannot control the ball/ shield it/ head it/ dribble/pass and receive/ create and impresssion a bit like Dean windas,I was overseas last year and when football was discussed the only people who thought rooney was world class were the english the other nations used to pish themselves laughing when rooney was mentioned
26/06/2012 10:59
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Of course Rooney didn't perform, he has not performed in an international tournament for the last eight years. he has had his day, the same as 4 or 5 of our other so called top international players.Enjoying playboy lifestyles with the money they get paid in the premiership £200,000 a week win or lose, you will never motivate players to give their all in international games. We desperately need new young players, with fitness,pace and ball control skills. Our so called main players are picked time after time because of who they are rather than deserving to have a place representing their country.

26/06/2012 08:57
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the MEDIA are to blame he will score a penalty next year against reading and the commentator will give it ROOOOOOOONEY BACK TO HIS BEST

12 PENALTIES LAST YEAR

26/06/2012 10:58
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He's never done anything  for England,  never been world class, never will be world class,  over hyped and over paid, hodgson  should have had the balls to leave him out and played carroll
26/06/2012 10:55
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I'm a Man Utd fan and I don't think Rooney plays well enough for United on a regular basis, never mind England. But even Fergie is reluctant to drop him. Seemingly reputations count for a lot more than form.
26/06/2012 13:15
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Rooney should never have started any of the games, he should have been on the bench with the team made up from the lads who played the first two games, if this had been done I think we could still be in the compertition.
26/06/2012 09:45
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How predictable - overpaid underskilled ego's fail to create a real chance in whole game - then blame someone who can hardly string a sentence together - and is clearly unfit.Football needs a big reality check - again - but instead has settled for a big cheque ! - so another collection of little primadonnas will be generated.Well done Parker and Gerrard though - cant fault their heart and passion.
26/06/2012 10:35
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It never ceases to amaze me why we get worked up about Rooney. Whilst he was out for  the first two games everybody was saying wait while Rooney comes into the team then we'll progress. WHY? Let's get one thing straight. Rooney is a GOOD player but never in a million years is he WORLD CLASS. Time after time on the world stage he just doesn't turn up. Be honest in the Italy match Andy Carol was more threatening in the short time he was on the pitch than Rooney was in the whole of the match.

It won't happen but if I was the manager I wouldn't make him an automatic choice. I'd drop him and let him earn his place.

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ROONEY DID NOT UNDER PERFORM. HE PERFORMED AS WELL AS HIS ABILITY ALLOWS.

HE CANNOT RUN THE BALL PAST SLOW ITALIANS BUT TRIES ANYWAY.

THIS IS POOR DECISION MAKING. SOMETHING PIRLO WOULD NEVER DO.

WHEN THERE IS NO ONE NEAR ROONEY HE CAN DO IT JUST LIKE IN TRAINING OTHERWISE HE CANT BEAT ANYONE!

I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST ROONEY OR ANY ENGLISH PLAYER BUT THEY ARE ALL THE PRODUCT OF A FAILED ENGLISH FOOTBALL PHILOSOPHY WHICH = NO PHILOSOPHY AT ALL
27/06/2012 01:02
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England has learned nothing from their previous mistakes. Why do the England team place all their hopes for success on just one player. Rooney, is not as good as he was and this was demonstrated against Italy that dominated the game.
Furthermore, the crop of good English players is limited, because nearly all of the Premier league teams spend huge amount of money on engaging foreign players, thus limiting the opportunity for home bred players to progress and achieve international status. I am a strong believer in putting into place a strict limit on the number of foreign players that any one club can employ. Some of the top teams in the premier league consists of 75% foreign players with a peppering of the odd English player.
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rooney = red cards = lost games = lost confidence = poor english football mental-ity = england not good enough.

simple as
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