Chantilly (France): Wayne Rooney believes England manager Roy Hodgson deserves praise for his attacking substitutions in the 2-1 win over Wales.
England were trailing at half-time in Lens to Gareth Bale’s 35-yard free-kick and were staring down the barrel of a costly Euro 2016 defeat when Hodgson took action. He sent on Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge at half-time, in place of Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane, and saw the pair combine to score both of England’s goals.
England manager Roy Hodgson celebrates their win over Wales on Thursday. Pic/AFP
By the time Sturridge sealed the points in injury-time, Hodgson had also gambled by throwing on 18-year-old Marcus Rashford for a first competitive appearance.
“Great credit to the manager,” Rooney told BBC Radio Five Live. “He saw the way the game was going and made changes at half-time. “It isn’t always easy to change players at half-time but he’s done that and it paid off for us. He deserves full credit.”