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Hodgson: Wayne Will Show Them

Roy Hodgson believes that Wayne Rooney will prove his critics wrong and lead the English to a win in their World Cup opening game against Italy.

The Manchester United star has come under criticism from some parts and some have called for him to be dropped from the Three Lions starting line-up.

The England manager has however put his faith in Rooney and revealed that the Group D clash against the Italians will be the perfect game for him to prove his doubters wrong.

"That [match] will be [the time] for Wayne to show them," he told a news conference when asked about criticism of Rooney.

"The World Cup is a major event, the coverage is quite enormous - all the journalists who are out here, the TV stations, the radio stations, it's just par for the course that there are going to be lots of opinions.

"A lot of those opinions will be opinions that players may not want to hear. But the good thing is, Wayne Rooney has got a chance."

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