Jun 14, 2014 at 11pm UK at ‚ÄčArena Amazonia, Manaus
England
1-2
Italy
Sturridge (37')
Sterling (90')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Marchisio (35'), Balotelli (50')

Jose Mourinho defends Wayne Rooney performance

Mourinho defends Rooney performance
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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho feels that Wayne Rooney played well in England's defeat to Italy amid criticism of his performance.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has defended Wayne Rooney's performance in England's World Cup opening-game defeat to Italy.

The 28-year-old has been widely criticised for his display on the left flank for Roy Hodgson's side as he failed to have a major impact on the game.

However, the Portuguese feels that Rooney played well despite not being in his best position through the middle.

Mourinho is quoted as saying by The Mirror: "I don't think it's Wayne's best position, but many times players have to make sacrifices for the team and I think he did well.

"In the moment of defeat it is normal to try and find reasons for the defeat, but it is fair to say the reason for England losing was a great team."

England are next in action against Uruguay on Thursday in a must-win game for Hodgson's side.

Wayne Rooney of England reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between England and Italy at Arena Amazonia on June 14, 2014
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