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Wayne Rooney defends Roy Hodgson over 'racist' joke

England striker Wayne Rooney defends manager Roy Hodgson over his allegedly racist joke towards Andros Townsend, branding the situation "ridiculous".

England striker Wayne Rooney has leaped to the defence of manager Roy Hodgson after he was criticised for making an allegedly racist joke during half time of Tuesday's match against Poland.

Hodgson used a 'space race' joke which includes the phrase "feed the monkey" to emphasise the point that full-back Chris Smalling should pass the ball to Andros Townsend whenever possible.

The comment created controversy for its apparent racial overtones, something that Hodgson apologised for, but Rooney believes that his manager has done nothing wrong.

"Seen the story on Roy this morning. He done nothing wrong. This is ridiculous," Rooney wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, England have not been included among the top seeds for the 2014 World despite moving up seven places in the latest FIFA world rankings.

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England manager Roy Hodgson looks on at the start of the international friendly football match between England and Scotland on August 14, 2013
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