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Hodgson 'gutted' over Sterling treatment

Hodgson rested Sterling against Estonia. Credit: PA

England manager Roy Hodgson has leapt to the defence of Raheem Sterling, saying the Liverpool winger has been treated unfairly by the press.

Sterling was blasted by former professionals and the press after Hodgson revealed he did not start for England against Estonia because he was 'tired'.

Speaking to students at the Cambridge Union, Hodgson said: "With young Raheem Sterling this week, it guts me to see that sort of treatment.

"It’s totally unfair and totally wrong. It’s suiting people’s agendas. But, you know, he’ll be stronger for it. Is that right? Of course it’s not right! But I can’t turn the clock back, I’m living in 2014, I can’t go back to Downton Abbey!”

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Hodgson apologised to Rooney over Liverpool accent gaffe

Hodgson has defended his comments about Rooney's accent. Credit: PA

England manager Roy Hodgson has apologised to Wayne Rooney for a comment he made about the striker's Liverpudlian accent.

When asked about Rooney's capabilities as Three Lions captain earlier this week, Hodgson said:

"Everyone knows Wayne is not the sort of person with his Liverpool accent who is going to be able to stand up in front of a lecture room of people.

"But he doesn't need to. All he has to do is make certain the players he is talking to understand where he is coming from."

But addressing the media ahead of Thursday's Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino, Hodgson admitted he felt compelled to say sorry.

"I apologised about the headline," he explained. "He knows it wasn't aimed at him or anyone from Liverpool. My wife's from Liverpool."

Wayne Rooney: Captaincy 'a dream come true'

Wayne Rooney has tweeted that it is a "dream come true" to be named England captain.

In an interview on his official website, the Manchester United forward also said he would take "massive pride" in the role.

“As a kid I always loved the occasion of watching a big England game on the television. Back then I had a burning ambition to play for my country. Now to be appointed captain is beyond my wildest dreams," he said.

He revealed he planned to speak to former captain Steven Gerrard about the demands of the role.

Hodgson praises Rooney's 'commitment to cause'

Roy Hodgson says Wayne Rooney's "commitment to the cause", along with his experience captaining Manchester United contributed to the decision to make him the new England captain.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain 'without a doubt' will make squad

England manager Roy Hodgson said Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will "without a shadow of a doubt" make the World Cup squad after picking up an injury in the draw against Ecuador.

England's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Raheem Sterling (right) before the game against Honduras. Credit: EMPICS Sport

It looked as though the Arsenal midfielder's World Cup dreams were over after he picked up a knee injury on Wednesday.

But the England manager, who was speaking after the 0-0 draw with Honduras tonight, said: "It's time for the real thing now.

"Everyone is fit. Oxlade-Chamberlain is making good progress. I think he'll make the tournament without a shadow of a doubt."

Hodgson: World Cup 'a great adventure' for England

England coach Roy Hodgson said the Brazil World Cup "is going to be a great adventure" as the squad readied themselves for a trip to Miami ahead of the tournament.

Hodgson said: "We'll all very excited about it. We got the perfect send off really on Friday night, the crowd was magnificent and think we're in a very positive mood. We feel positive we'll do what we can".

Speaking at London's Luton Airport, Hodgson said there was "no trepidation," but that there "was excitement."

"We're aware of our responsibilities - we know that we carry a lot of hopes and dreams with us," he added.

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