Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rift Talk Is Roobish! ; Hodgson Slams Rumours of a Vardy and Rooney Fall-Out

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rift Talk Is Roobish! ; Hodgson Slams Rumours of a Vardy and Rooney Fall-Out

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ENGLAND manager Roy Hodgson last night slammed talk of a rift between captain Wayne Rooney and striker Jamie Vardy ahead of today's Euro 2016 last 16 knockout clash with Iceland.

Hodgson was in relaxed mood as he and Rooney took questions in Nice, appearing less tense than during his similar engagement during the group stages.

But his cheery demeanour gave way to something a little more testy when a German broadcaster queried Rooney about newspaper reports that he had spoken with Leicester forward Vardy about his wife Rebekah and her growing profile during the tournament.

Hodgson intervened on his skipper's behalf, saying: "I'll answer for Wayne.

"I haven't a clue what you are referring to. There are absolutely no problems in football terms between Wayne Rooney and Jamie Vardy, quite the reverse. …

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