Roy Hodgson (pre-Italy): ‘It would be nice if other players took the pressure off Wayne Rooney [Video]

The below interview from Roy Hodgson with Gabby Logan is from before last night’s England-Italy game, but it’s arguably all the more relevant in the aftermath.

Wayne Rooney has been the focus of intense criticism throughout the build-up to England’s World Cup, and the spotlight has zeroed in even closer on him following his quiet, if not all that bad performance last night.

In the interview, Hodgson put the Rooney situation into context, saying that it speaks well of the Man United striker that there’s so much fuss over him – it shows how much he’s achieved in his 28 years.

But, Hodgson hastens to add, ‘it would be nice if some other players could take the pressure off him.’