London: Wayne Rooney may have been staunchly defended by England coach Roy Hodgson after the opening 2-1 defeat by Italy in the World Cup, but his performance attracted criticism from former top players and coaches. (Full match report)
Some like former England coach Graham Taylor made allowances for him being played out of position wide on the left by Hodgson while others were less charitable with former England midfielder Alan Mullery calling for the 28-year-old to be dropped. (Did you know? Rooney is the third-most popular footballer among Indian women)
Mullery echoed comments made by Rooney's former Manchester United team-mate Paul Scholes, who before the World Cup had queried whether he had already peaked and faced a struggle to get into the first team.