Belfast Telegraph

Wayne Rooney: Players never lost faith in the boss

By Rory Dollard

England captain Wayne Rooney insists Roy Hodgson always had the players' support, labelling reports they had lost faith in the outgoing manager as "completely untrue''.

Monday night witnessed one of the most embarrassing nights in English football history as Iceland, the smallest nation to ever grace a major tournament, secured a shock 2-1 win in Nice.

It saw England exit Euro 2016 at the last 16 juncture and led to Hodgson's resignation within 20 minutes of the final whistle.

Reports emerged that senior players had doubted the manager's ability, but captain Rooney has rejected those claims.

In a statement, the England skipper said: "In response to recent media reports, I'd like to say that is completely untrue.

"We completely supported the manager, but we understand his reasons for stepping down. We had absolute faith in the build-up and the tournament.''

When asked about senior players supposedly losing faith in him, Hodgson said: "If it was true then they disguised it well from me and the coaching staff.

"We had no indication from the players that they were anything but behind what we were doing, behind the game plans that we had. They tried hard to execute them."

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