Homeless ex-Chelsea and Arsenal star slams Rooney: He is not world-class

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Alan Hudson, a former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder who declared himself homeless last summer, has slammed Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

During the late-60s, 70s and 80s there were few better footballers around that former Chelsea and Arsenal winger Alan Hudson.

The midfielder made more than 300 appearances in the top flight over a 17-year-spell, which also included spells in the NASL (now the MLS) and one season in the English second division.

However, the past few years have been rough on the former great.

Last summer, the 62-year-old declared in an emotional interview with the Mirror that he had 'hit rock bottom' after being moved into a homeless hostel by the council. 

'I have nowhere to go,' said Hudson in June 2013.

'I have hit rock bottom and I don't see anyway out of it.'

'The council have put me up in this hostel but because of my legs I can hardly make it up the steps.'

'All I have is my laptop, a shaving bag and my crutches. I haven't even got a change of clothes.' 

He signed off with the chilling line: 'It's my own doing in one way, but I can't see why I should have ended up homeless' 

The former England international's current situation serves a stark reminder just how fragile a football career used to be back in the 70s, light-years behind the superstars of today. 

And in a public forum, the 62-year-old called on Roy Hodgson to drop the £300,000-a-week Manchester United superstar, claiming: 'I wouldn't pick him. I'm surprised everyone still calls him world-class.' 

'He is not world-class because he's never proved it on the world stage. He turns up every now and then and great players don't just turn up every now and then. He's got to be consistent at the highest level.

'We made Rooney into a 'superstar' at a very young age when he didn't deserve to be put in that bracket.' 

The statement regarding Rooney, in my opinion, is extremely biased and holds very little truth. For instance, if Wayne Rooney was so bad how come he was by far the highest goalscorer in the World Cup qualification group, and one of the highest goalscorers in the qualification round altogether? 

It seems to me the Manchester United striker, for some reason, has become a scapegoat just in time for the World Cup. Whether or not you regard the striker as 'world-class' I very much doubt anyone would argue his inclusion into the England team, especially considering the alternatives. 

Although, I feel his opinion was wrong in this instance, it's good to see the former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder still making public appearances and sharing his wealth of knowledge, especially during some turbulent times in his own life. 

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