It’s been over a month since England’s shameful Euro 2016 campaign that culminated in a 2-1 loss to Iceland. Even by the Three Lions’ standards, it was the ultimate low.
One man who’s still feeling the pain of the elimination is Wayne Rooney who captained England in France. It’s fair to say the 30-year-old’s first tournament as skipper was one to forget and a baptism of fire.
The majority of criticism was directed towards Roy Hodgson however and Rooney isn’t bucking the trend. It appears the Manchester United man was far from pleased with Hodgson’s tactics this summer.
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After a dramatic 2-1 victory over Wales, English spirits were high and hopes of a successful tournament were restored. This, however, was swiftly slashed after a toothless 0-0 draw with Slovakia in the final group game.
Oddly, Hodgson decided to make six changes from the Wales game despite England far from confirmed as making the round of 16, never mind winning the group.
Consequently, with Wales dispatching Russia 3-0, the Three Lions shot themselves in the foot and wound up on the trickier side of the knockout tree. The six changes were frankly a tactical travesty.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Rooney was keen to corroborate this point of view.
The 30-year-old quickly pointed the finger by stating: “It was Roy's decision to make those changes against Slovakia and either way, the team he put out should have been able to win. But, right or wrong, I wanted to play and I can't deny that.”
When asked what decision he would have made, the skipper explained: “No, I wouldn't have rested six players. It's more than half the team. It was a gamble and it didn't pay off.”
By the end of the game it had become apparent that victory had escaped England’s grasp. Consequently, Hodgson turned to Harry Kane and Rooney himself to try and turn the tie around.
Rooney remarked his frustration at this also though, saying: “When I came on against Slovakia it was difficult to change the game, impossible really. I was running around just trying to get the energy back into the team.”
It certainly appears Rooney, given the criticism, was happy to see the back of Hodgson. Whether or not Sam Allardyce will be the answer is unknown, but as the 30-year-old seems to suggest, it’ll be an improvement upon the predecessor.
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