England manager Roy Hodgson was happy to see Wayne Rooney score for Manchester United against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.
Rooney has been out of sorts recently and has been coming under heavy criticism from fans and the media alike but he was on hand to score the winner for the Reds in a crucial tie against the Russian champions.
It was the England captain’s first goal in the Champions League group stage this season and the first time Man United had found the back of the net in four games.
Hodgson has always been one to back Rooney despite his poor form and he will be hoping that the striker’s goal in Europe will help him break his awful run and start playing more like the player we are used to seeing. Rooney has always been one of those strikers that likes to score in spurts and the strike against CSKA could be the start of a run.
“It was nice to see Rooney score an important goal for Manchester United against CSKA Moscow,” Hodgson said.
“This autumn has been a great milestone period for him.”
Rooney continues to get selected for both United and England regardless of how he is playing, as his managers always seem to think he will be able to come good. There is no doubting his ability and the 30-year-old has shown just what he is capable of on numerous occasions throughout his career.
However, many feel now is about time for him to stand up and be counted. United have been struggling for goals in recent times and they will be looking to their captain to help lead them out of trouble. Rooney will know that some good performances for both England and United can get his confidence back and set him up nicely for the rest of the season.