England manager Roy Hodgson has hit back at reports suggesting Wayne Rooney could have played in the Three Lions' upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Rooney pulled out of England's squad games against Moldova and Ukraine after picking up a serious cut to his forehead during a Manchester United training session.
However critics suggested Rooney could have featured for England by wearing a bandage over his head or by simply playing football on the floor.
Hodgson has since refuted those claims by labelling the injury as 'horrific'.
“It saddens me, this type of thing, especially for a guy like Wayne Rooney,” the England manager told reporters.
“It was a horrific injury. From my conversations with David and Wayne, it was clear straight away that we were talking about a very serious injury.
“It was a horrendous cut so to suggest you can just put a bandage over it and go and play centre forward in two games at Wayne Rooney’s quality it’s laughable really, and it’s a little bit saddening that in people’s desperation to say something, they complain about it.
“You wouldn’t find one doctor who would say Wayne Rooney could play in those two games.”
Rooney revealed the extent of his injury on Wednesday by posting two pictures of the head wound along with the following statement.
"Some people seem to be questioning my commitment to the England squad and the fact I had to pull out of the two games."
"There's nothing I would like more than to be helping the lads in the qualifiers. I'm sure people will see from these images the reason why I won't be able to play."
Rooney will be hoping Hodgson's side can move a step closer to World Cup qualification by beating Moldova in tonight's Group H clash at Wembley.