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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."

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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.

Hodgson changes World Cup WAG rules

England boss Roy Hodgson has changed his plans over an official trip for players' wives, families and girlfriends to the World Cup warm-up camp in Miami at the start of June.

Wives and girlfriends of English players chatting in the VIP-area before the Second Round England v Ecuador game in the 2006 World Cup. Credit: Ronald Wittek/DPA/Press Association Images

It had been planned that time would be set aside for the 'WAGs' - wives and girlfriends - after the first friendly against Ecuador on 4th June.

It has now emerged the players will instead fly to Miami on 1st June, a day later than originally planned, with that time being given over to the families.

The Football Association's original plan had been to organise a visit for the families to Florida, but it is understood that will now not take place.

The timetable will now see England play Peru at Wembley on 30th May, have the following day with their families and then join up again with the squad on 1st June to fly to Miami.

Hodgson, however, will not ban players from making their own arrangements for their families or partners to travel to Miami or after that to Brazil, but any time spent together then will have to fit in with training and match schedules, and any other England duties.

The whole issue of the WAGs has been controversial since the 2006 World Cup, when there was criticism that the high-profile antics of players' loved ones at the Baden Baden base was a distraction for the team.

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