Sam Wallace in the Independent wrote:
There is a default setting among the England managers of the last nine years that Wayne Rooney will be the solution to all the fundamental problems of their team. Invited to look towards the future on Tuesday night, Roy Hodgson's response suggested he is thinking along the same lines.
Hodgson was asked specifically about how, as Rooney approaches his 27th birthday next month, he might be able to coax the best from the footballer who is regarded as the most talented Englishman of his generation. It has been a problem that has consumed Sven Goran Eriksson, Steve McClaren and Fabio Capello and all of them - one way or another - have gambled on Rooney saving their skins.
I answered: "We'll get the best out of him [Rooney] because he's desperate to play for England," Hodgson said. "He'...