Football

ALL WRONG, ROY

1 STARTING PHIL JONES IN MIDFIELD

Jones struggled at the base of a diamond midfield.

The Manchester United player had played in the midfield holding role in a 1-0 victory over Spain under Fabio Capello in 2011, but he was ineffective against Italy.

He was moved back into central defence when Chris Smalling went off ill just before the break and it was only after Michael Carrick, an authentic holding player, came on that England gained a foothold in midfield.

2 PLAYING THEO WALCOTT AS A CENTRAL STRIKER

If Walcott still believes he is a centre forward rather than a wideman, the Arsenal man did little to prove it on his first England start in 18 months.

Hodgson was hoping that the pace of Walcott might unsettle Italy, but he was clearly mistaken and did the right thing in replacing the forward with Ross Barkley in the 55th minute.

3 USING ROONEY AT THE TIP OF 
A MIDFIELD DIAMOND

Why play Rooney in a midfield position he has said 
openly he dislikes? Hadn't Hodgson said Rooney was a centre forward? Hadn't Rooney said he was a centre forward?

So why did the skipper start at the point of the midfield diamond behind Harry Kane and Walcott?

England looked a better side in the final 35 minutes once Rooney partnered Kane up front - which had seemed a more obvious original game plan. - Wire Services.

He looks lost. He doesn’t know whether to go forward or drop back. Players are not sure whether to give him the ball and it makes it very difficult for him. He is struggling.

— Former Leeds and Man City defender Danny Mills, on Phil Jones