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'Shaky': National media not impressed by £15m Tottenham player's '4/10' international display last night
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'Shaky': National media not impressed by £15m Tottenham player's '4/10' international display last night

Tottenham Hotspur defender Joe Rodon made his World Cup debut when Wales took on the United States of America last night.

Wales have not played at the tournament since 1958, and they came back to earn a 1-1 draw on a historic night, thanks to Gareth Bale’s second half penalty.

They went in 1-0 down at half-time, thanks to Timothy Weah’s goal after Christian Pulisic got away from Rodon and slipped him in.

On ITV Sport commentary, former Wales striker John Hartson blamed Rodon for the goal, saying he committed himself and got turned.

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Rodon struggles on Wales World Cup return

Hartson said: “We see Joe Rodon here, Rodon sells himself there.

“All of a sudden Pulisic goes through the middle, Weah makes a great run, onside, and it’s a cute finish.”

Wales Online were also not impressed with Rodon on their player ratings, handing him a four out of ten, remarking: Got pulled out of defence for Tim Weah’s goal and almost put one in his own net with an early header.

“Unusually shaky in possession, too.”

£15 million man Rodon moved to Rennes on loan from Spurs to get some gametime ahead of the World Cup, but last night he looked rusty and nervous.

In fairness, Wales were really poor as a team in the first half and none of their players came out of that 45 minutes looking especially good.

Rodon was better after the break, and so were Wales as a whole, pushing higher up the pitch and salvaging a draw which could prove crucial.

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