Wayne Rooney wasn’t a Lion for England, manager Roy Hodgson
As England crashed out of Euro 2012 all eyes were upon Three Lions’ star player Wayne Rooney. The Manchester Untied forward Wayne Rooney failed to live up to expectations at the tournament. The English football prodigy failed to play in the first two games of the tournament because of two-match ban and failed to score more than a goal at Euro 2012.
England manager Roy Hodgson admits Wayne Rooney failed to provide England with inspiration at Euro 2012. Roy Hodgson also informed that Wayne Rooney’s fitness was the reason behind his lack lustrous form.
Nonetheless, Roy Hodgson told media that he understood the pressure under which Wayne Rooney had to perform at Euro 2012 following his two-match ban. The former Everton striker was handed a two-match ban for his sending off against Montenegro during a qualifying match back in October.
Wayne Rooney managed to score a goal against Ukraine in the last match of the group stage. However, Wayne Rooney’s performance in the quarterfinal against Italy lacked the maturity and spark of a world class player.
England had to face a heartbreaking to Italy following a 4-2 penalty shootout after a goalless 120 minutes.
“I think we put a lot of expectations on Wayne. Wayne certainly tried very hard, but he didn't have his best game. I think he would admit that,” Roy Hodgson said. “When he missed the first two games, we were all believing that what we needed to do was to get to the third game and Wayne Rooney will win us the championships.”
“That maybe was too much to ask of him,” the England coach added.
Nonetheless, Roy Hodgson believes Wayne Rooney should have performed better for England. Roy Hodgson pointed out that leading players have more responsibility of performing in a team.
“Do we put too much expectation on Rooney? Well we do, but so do other teams with their players, don't they? I think had (Andrea) Pirlo played poorly, it might have affected the Italians' performance,” Roy Hodgson explained.
“I think in all top international teams, you're looking at one, two, possibly three individuals that everyone recognizes as being exceptional world-class talents.”
“When you get to the big stage, you're hoping those players perform and show they're world-class talents, like the Maradonas that win Argentina a World Cup with his performance,” the England manager Roy Hodgson added.