Roy Hodgson pleased with Ryan Bertrand apology

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England manager Roy Hodgson insists that Ryan Bertrand was right to apologise for his offensive Twitter remark earlier on Thursday.

England manager Roy Hodgson has acknowledged that Ryan Bertrand was right to apologise over the language that he used in a tweet regarding his England withdrawal.

Bertrand reacted angrily on Twitter to being accused of withdrawing from the England squad with a sore throat, and although Hodgson was quick to acknowledge the commitment of Bertrand to his country, he admits that the Chelsea full-back's language was unacceptable.

Hodgson told reporters: "I think his sentiments were laudable by telling people how much that he wants to play for England and that he was a little bit irritated that people suggested that he didn't want to play because he had a sore throat.

"But his choice of words were wrong. I am pleased to see that he has apologised for it and it is a reminder of how unbelievably careful that players of this profile have to be."

Hodgson had only called up Bertrand to the squad as a replacement for the injured Kieran Gibbs.

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