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"For a forward like Wayne Rooney to get into a game, he needs good play from midfield. I just don’t see where we [England] keep the ball well enough to be able to bring Wayne to his best."

- Bryan Robson

30/06/2012 09:12, Report by Adam Marshall
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Robbo: Rooney flak unfair

Manchester United and England legend Bryan Robson has defended Wayne Rooney after the striker came in for some criticism in the media following the national team's exit from Euro 2012.

Unfortunately, no United players made it through to the final weekend of the tournament, with the England contingent bowing out at the quarter-final stage. Although Roy Hodgson's men did well to top Group D before losing on penalties to Italy, a major inquest has been taking place in the press analysing the team's deficiencies. Some pundits chose to focus on Rooney, who scored one goal in his two matches at the finals, and comments from former coach Fabio Capello have only added to the debate.

"The media always find scapegoats," Robson told ManUtd.com in an exclusive interview, courtesy of United's Tour 2012 - delivered to the world by DHL.

"It’s easy just writing to criticise all the time. I noticed the media have picked up on Wayne and he’s the one this time but it’s a group thing.

"For a forward like Wayne to get into a game anyway, he needs good play from midfield. I just don’t see where we keep the ball well enough to be able to bring Wayne to his best. Manchester United do that but I don’t expect the media to pick up on that because they just want to have a go at someone like Wayne or whoever else it is. They just want to have a go all the time."

The former England captain is well placed to offer his opinion on the side after winning 90 caps for his country.

"I just don’t think we’re good enough," Robson insisted. "It’s just as simple as that. We don’t have enough top-quality players. We’ve got a couple of players who have proved themselves as world-class at certain stages. I thought Steven Gerrard had a good, solid competition but, other than that, everyone else did okay.

"It was just exactly what we thought, getting through the group stages and coming up against an Italy or a Spain, who are going to knock us out. Unfortunately, that’s what happened. I know we can say it was a little unfortunate to lose on penalties but Italy were by far the better team anyway."

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