By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Not much was expected from England at this edition of the European Championships, but Roy Hodgson's squad exceeded expectations when they topped Group D to set up a quarter-final clash against Italy. However, luck was not on their side as they were outdone by a penalty shootout and knocked out of the tournament.
Media outlets were quick to pinpoint Rooney's underperformance against the Italians as the reason for the Three Lions' elimination. However, Robson believes there was little the Manchester United player could do for his country upfront.
"The media always find scapegoats, it's easy just writing to criticise all the time. I noticed the media have picked up on Wayne and he's the one this time but it's a group thing." he said to the club's official website.
"For a forward like Wayne to get into a game anyway, he needs good play from midfield. I just don't see where we keep the ball well enough to be able to bring Wayne to his best. Manchester United do that but I don't expect the media to pick up on that because they just want to have a go at someone like Wayne or whoever else it is."
Like many other football analysts, the former midfielder has identified the gulf in the technical ability between the team and its competitors as the cause of England's downfall.
"I just don't think we're good enough, it's just as simple as that. We don't have enough top-quality players. We've got a couple of players who have proved themselves as world-class at certain stages. I thought Steven Gerrard had a good, solid competition but, other than that, everyone else did okay," Robson stated.
"It was just exactly what we thought, getting through the group stages and coming up against an Italy or a Spain, who are going to knock us out. Unfortunately, that's what happened. I know we can say it was a little unfortunate to lose on penalties but Italy were by far the better team anyway."