Hodgson expects no punishment over Bertrand tweet, but urges caution from England players

Suggestions of a sore throat riled the Chelsea left-back, who took to Twitter to respond, but theThree Lions manager believes the FA will not pursue the issue any further
England manager Roy Hodgson has criticised defender Ryan Bertrand for his Twitter outburst, but feels no further action needs to be taken.

The Chelsea full-back reacted angrily to suggestions he had withdrawn from England’s World Cup 2014 qualifier against San Marino with a sore throat, tweeting: “Do you think a "sore throat" could stop me being a part of a match for my club or country #yourf***ingnuts this is what every boy dreams of.”

Hodgson, speaking at a press conference ahead of Friday’s sell-out clash at Wembley, appreciated the 23-year-old's frustration, but admitted footballers’ use of Twitter needs to be more thoughtful.

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"I think his sentiments were laudable, in telling you how much he wants to play for England, being a little bit irritated that someone should suggest he doesn't play when he gets a sore throat," said the 65-year-old.

"But his choice of words was wrong, I'm pleased to see he's apologised for it. It just reminds us how remarkably careful players of this profile have to be."

Bertrand’s Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole recently found himself in trouble after launching a Twitter tirade against the Football Association, but Hodgson does not expect the same repercussions in this case.

"I believe the governance of the FA have already made a decision on [a punishment]," he added.

"There's not really a question from the FA's point of view that he'll be charged...but it's a lesson that needs to be learned and hopefully a lesson we can all learn from.

"It's not a great problem for me as I have no Twitter account."

Wayne Rooney, who will captain the Three Lions in Friday’s match, has over five million followers on Twitter, and echoed the sentiments of his manager.

He said: "As a player we know we’ve got responsibilities – whether that’s on social network sites or in general life and we have to try and live to them expectations as best we can.

"I think this week has been isolated occasions but we’re well aware of how we need to conduct ourselves and I’m sure we’ll do that well."