Capello appears to have been angered by Rooney’s perfectly legitimate pre-tournament observation that communication within the England dressing room was better because Hodgson had a perfect grasp of the language.
Indeed, having now seen Rooney underperform at yet another major tournament, Capello pointedly argued that “he only understands Scottish”, underlining the 26-year-old’s best displays have come for Manchester United.
Having backed Rooney to the hilt throughout both the build-up to Poland and Ukraine, and the tournament itself, for which the forward missed the opening two games through suspension, Hodgson is hardly likely to change his stance now.
And, speaking to talkSPORT, he took Capello to task for his comments.
“Capello is entitled to his opinions, I suppose but I always think it’s a bit cheap to kid on a player who was so anxious to do well,” he said.