Hodgson was forced to issue an apology last night after reportedly telling a joke at half-time during England’s 2-0 win against Poland earlier this week.
Hodgson is reported to have told Chris Smalling to ‘feed the monkey’ encouraging the fullback to get the ball forward to Andros Townsend, England’s stand out performer, quicker.
The England boss has said the incident has been blown out of proportion, deeply shocked that anyone feels the joke had racist connotations calling it all just a big misunderstanding.
“I would like to apologise if any offence has been caused by what I said at half-time. There was absolutely no intention on my part to say anything inappropriate. I made this clear straight away to Andros in the dressing room,” said Hodgson in a statement.
Rooney has called the stories criticising Hodgson ‘ridiculous’ suggesting the England boss has done nothing wrong.
Seen the story on roy this morning. He done nothing wrong. This is ridiculous.— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) October 17, 2013
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