England boss Roy Hodgson has admitted Wayne Rooney was well below his best despite scoring his 32nd international goal in Thursday morning's (AEDT) 1-1 draw with Poland.
Rooney failed to take a golden chance to wrap up victory in the second half, with
Rooney was eventually replaced by
"A bit of both," was Hodgson's response when asked whether the reasoning behind the substitution was physical or tactical.
"There was an element of physicality because it looked as though he was tiring.
"He couldn't reproduce his excellent performance against
"Then, when we thought he was tiring we felt it was the right moment to bring on
"On Monday, after the training session on the pitch, the players were looking very sharp and lively," Hodgson said. "I didn't get that impression today.
"I don't want to give the impression we were hard done by and our opponents weren't.
"But if a game is postponed it is a little bit easier if you are on home soil. We had that extra day and night in the hotel."
The positive, which cannot be dismissed, is that England did not lose and, that penalty shoot-out defeat against
Its advantage in Group H will have disappeared by the time it next plays again as Montenegro, which is just a point behind England, faces
However, England's durability is something Hodgson is convinced will stand it in good stead.
"When you are in a qualifying group, or you are with a league club, there are days when things don't always go your way," he said.
"On those days it is very important you still come away with a result.
"We would have loved to have won it but we didn't produce good enough football to do that. But we did do enough to avoid defeat and go away with a point."
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