England boss Roy Hodgson has refused to condemn Ryan Bertrand for the sentiments behind the latest Twitter controversy, even if he accepts the Chelsea man was wrong to use such course language.

Bertrand was forced to apologise for his four-letter condemnation of reports he had pulled out of England's World Cup qualifier against San Marino with a sore throat.

"What he was saying is quite laudable," said Hodgson. "He really wants to play for England and is really angry it has been suggested it is merely a sore throat when he is actually quite ill. But he shouldn't use a swear word."

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