Defiant Roy Hodgson says Wayne Rooney will play where he's told

Roy Hodgson Euro 2012 England

The England manager is annoyed with persistent questions over the Manchester United striker ahead of the World Cup.

England manager Roy Hodgson angrily reacted to what he sees as a national "obsession" over striker Wayne Rooney.

The Manchester United striker is expected to be the sole survivor from the team that played Peru last week when the Three Lions face Ecuador in Miami on Wednesday.

However, the United talisman will be asked to play in an unfamiliar role wide left behind lone striker Rickie Lambert, but starts due to Hodgson's desire to see his striker boost his fitness ahead of the World Cup.

The England boss was visibly riled by questions about Rooney's participation, and described the continued queries as a national "obsession".

Speaking to reporters, Hodgson said: "I decide how I want to use Wayne Rooney. There is an obsession with Wayne Rooney which I don't really share. I'm not saying if he’s exceptional or not. I have picked him because he is a very good player. If I say 'yes, he is exceptional' or 'no, I don't think he's exceptional', I'm wrong either way. He's a football player.

"He can play [as a] centre-forward, behind the forward and wide. If he's done all that with Manchester United, there is no reason why I can't use him in those positions as well. I look at the players at my disposal and decide what they need and what we need. Then I expect them to do it.

"The thinking behind Wayne starting a second game is that he only played 60 minutes against Peru. He's recovering his match fitness. It will be to his advantage to play another game."

Meanwhile, James Milner is expected to play right-back against the South Americans as Hodgson looks to try out the Manchester City utility man in an unfamiliar position after Glen Johnson's suspect performance against Peru last Friday.

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