World Cup 2014: Wayne Rooney backs England boss Roy Hodgson
Wayne Rooney insists Roy Hodgson is still the right man to manage England.
"He's put enthusiasm in the team," said striker Rooney. "There's no doubt Roy is the man to take us forward."
Goalkeeper Joe Hart said Hodgson had the full support of the squad, adding: "We haven't succeeded but have to stick together, the players and the staff."
Rooney said the team was making progress under 66-year-old Hodgson.
"We appreciate what he's done for us," he said. "He's changed the way we play over the last couple of years.
Joe Hart England goalkeeper
“It is a strange empty feeling. I've put everything into this tournament. But it is cruel, it is really gutting for me”
"This will help the younger players and help us become a better team."
They complete their World Cup campaign with a match against the Costa Ricans on Tuesday.
Manchester United forward Rooney, 28, believes the Premier League is producing enough English youngsters to make the national side competitive on the world stage.
Rooney said: "If you look at the Premier League over the last couple of years, the number of English players coming though is incredible.
"Ross Barkley, Luke Shaw and Raheem Sterling have had outstanding seasons and they've stepped up at international level.
"So we have to be excited about that - and hopefully in the future there will be more like that in the national team."
Hart admitted the World Cup had left him as low as any experience in his career.
The Manchester City player, 27, said: "It is a strange empty feeling. I've put everything into this tournament. But it is cruel. It is really gutting for me.
"The staff prepared us as best they could and we haven't performed on the field.
"We've got to stick together, believe in what we've done, pick ourselves up and be ready for Tuesday."
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