London, June 28: England manager Roy Hodgson has defended striker Wayne Rooney, and described Fabio Capello's taunt against the Manchester United talisman as cheap.
Hodgson stepped in the ongoing row between Capello and Rooney after the former England boss had said that Rooney `only understands Scottish' because he only appears to play well for Sir Alex Ferguson.
"Capello is entitled to his opinions, I suppose. But I think it's a bit cheap to kid on a player who was so anxious to do well," The Telegraph quoted Hodgson, as saying.
"Rooney's attitude was magnificent. He was putting in extra work in training because he was concerned he was behind the others having missed the first two games through suspension. His desire to do well was enormous," he added.
"In the final game [against Italy] he, along with one or two other players, didn't play to the level he can, but that's what football is about. If every player was a robot then football would be a very simple game and we wouldn't need coaches," he said. (ANI)
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