Wayne Rooney Was Deserted by the FA, Claims Roy Hodgson

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Roy Hodgson, left, and Wayne Rooney in Marseille, France, June 10. Hodgson has criticized the FA's approach to Wayne Rooney's drinking while on international duty last month. Laurence Griffiths/Getty

Former England manager Roy Hodgson believes the FA should not have left Wayne Rooney to apologize alone for his late night drinking session last month.

Rooney "unreservedly" apologized to interim England manager Gareth Southgate in mid-November after pictures emerged of him at a wedding at the team hotel, following victory over Scotland.

Hodgson, who was dismissed by England after the national team was knocked out of Euro 2016 by Iceland in the summer, says he would have handled the situation differently.

"In this particular instance there should have been more joint responsibility," Hodgson told The Times. "Wayne understood it was a bad moment in time and, in an ideal world, something he shouldn't do. But if anyone was caught, we would expect all of us to come out and say: 'Yeah, look you're right.'

"I wouldn't have said it is awful, I would be saying things like: 'They had the night off, yes we imposed upon them the message not to do this but they are human beings. We'd just had a good result. Have you never gone out and had a drink? Have you never let your hair down, have you never done something you shouldn't do? Is there nothing in your life where you look back and you're ashamed of it?'

"I'm not going as far as to blame the FA, I'm just saying I'm disappointed in the group. It doesn't matter that it was Phil Jagielka with Rooney and not, say, Joe Hart. It was another Premier League player and I'm disappointed in Phil a little."

The England squad will not regroup until March 2017 now, when it travels to Germany for an international friendly.