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ESPN FC Posted by ESPN staff
Oct 17, 2013

Roy Hodgson angered by joke furore

England and Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend has defended the national team manager after it was reported he made a joke during his half time team talk

England manager Roy Hodgson has expressed anger over being accused of making comments that could be deemed offensive during his half-time team talk against Poland on Tuesday.

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In an interview with the Daily Mail, Hodgson said that his players were as furious as he was over the situation.

On Thursday, Hodgson issued an apology over language he used during his talk at Wembley, while the FA later issued its full backing to the national coach.

However, Hodgson admitted his frustration over the situation -- in which a number of players, including Andros Townsend, played down the incident on the social networking site Twitter.

"Joy is short-lived in this job. The players are as angry about this as I am," Hodgson said. "We have just had a successful period and, although I wouldn’t suggest we intend to rest on our laurels, I think we have earned the right to enjoy the fruits of our labours. Instead we get this."

Hodgson personally spoke to Townsend in the aftermath of Tuesday’s victory, which saw England qualify for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Wayne Rooney took to his personal website on Thursday to express his annoyance over the furore.

"To be honest it’s really annoying that something such as this should see the light of day," Rooney said. "All the lads know what type of guy Roy is and to try and pin some form of label on him is absolutely ridiculous. Roy spoke to Andros straight away who took no offence whatsoever, hopefully that’s now the end of the matter."

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