England manager, Roy Hodgson, is expecting ‘big things’ from Wayne Rooney in their encounter against Uruguay tonight.
Rooney’s place in England’s team has come under scrutiny recently after a number of indifferent displays.
Hodgson, however, refused to agree with the criticism of Rooney and believes the 28-year-old will shine against Uruguay tonight.
"I'm more than satisfied with Rooney's performance with Italy. It's interesting to see he ran more than any other England player, more sprints than any other England player,” Hodgson told reporters.
"But Wayne, like Steven Gerrard, and Frank Lampard who hasn't featured yet... they are the players with 100 caps, or 90-odd caps, with World Cups and European experience, so the focus is on them.
In Brazil, Rooney is participating in his third World Cup but he is yet to score at footballs biggest stage.
"You can't expect the younger players to shoulder that heavy part of the burden. Wayne is more than happy to do that. If he plays tomorrow night, you'll see that in his performance," Hodgson added.
“He came into this tournament wanting to do very well and I think he will do very well in the tournament.
“We’re hoping for big things from him.”
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