Wayne Rooney has criticized former England boss Roy Hodgson for his tactics against Slovakia.
He said that the manager was the culprit of resting key players against Slovakia in their last group game, and this is what resulted in the 0-0 draw. Wayne Rooney said that England started well the tournament in France but has lost their confidence after the draw.
The Manchester United forward said that you need momentum in a big tournament and that Roy Hodgson made a mistake by changing the team for the game against Slovakia. He said that this has damaged the side confidence, and they could not recover after that.
He said that the match against Slovakia was the game that changed everything. Wayne Rooney said that it was a mistake to replace six players in the team and that he would not have made this mistake if he was the manager of the team. He said that more than half of the team was changed against Slovakia, and it is Hodgson that is the culprit.
The Manchester United player was also critical of Hodgson tactics at the head of the England team. He said that the manager was fond of possession football, but this does not seem to be working for England. He said that it was good to keep possession on the pitch but most of the time you are not going anywhere. He said that the players keep passing the ball sideways, and if there is no way forward they just pass it back to the goalkeeper. Rooney said this kind of play is frustrating and irritating for a forward player as you do not see enough of the ball.
He said that Roy Hodgson gamble in the match against Slovakia, and this is what resulted in England elimination at the Euros.