Lesser mortals would quickly run out of things to say about Wayne Rooney. Not our Roy.

Wayne Rooney is proving he is among the best in the world every week. He is scoring lots of goals in a tough league like ours. He is starring for England and is starring in the Champions League.

Anyone doing that is a player who will be talked about and someone everyone else is going to be coveting. It is no surprise people are coveting Wayne Rooney.

It is pointless for me to say Wayne Rooney is an excellent player because you could get that from the man in the pub. I just know we don’t have that kind of money.

Hodgson had words of solace for his Fulham side, who competed well, but were dealt a critical blow by the concession of the first goal so soon after half time.

We passed the ball quite well and defended well. We did all the good work yet within a minute of the second half we conceded a goal and from that moment, of course, the game was always going to be difficult for us.

It was touch and go at half time whether Hangeland could continue, it was pretty obvious he couldn’t which forced us to make yet another change in the team and what was already going to be a difficult task, trying to get a result here, became even more difficult when that change came about.

I’m a bit disappointed we conceded two late goals. It would have been nice if we could have at least got some reward for the hard word the boys put in, with a scoreline that is more respectable than 3-0, but one just has to hold up one’s hand in these occasions and say that we were, of course, beaten by a better team.

But I can’t really ask so much more of the Fulham team, I don’t think, than they gave today.