England boss admits Man United striker not promised first-team place

England boss Roy Hodgson has revealed that Manchester United star Wayne Rooney must still prove his worth and is not guaranteed a starting role, according to reports from the Daily Star.

The 29-year-old was included in the squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania, but will still have to improve his form in front of goal.

Rooney has struggled to find the net back of the net in the Premier League after only managing to score one from his last six appearances.

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Hodgson admitted that nobody in his squad has a guaranteed spot despite the fact that the United star has been part of the Three Lions setup for a long time.

“I have been in football a long time and Wayne Rooney has been in football a long time,” he said.

“He would regard me as someone who is very false if I ever said to him your place is guaranteed.

“He would not expect it and I would be very upset if anyone asked me to give them a guarantee of a place. No-one else has ever done.”

The forward will now have to compete for places with Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy, and Liverpool’s Danny Ings.

Reds star Daniel Sturridge who scored two goals last weekend was also in contention, but Rodgers is keen to let him return to full fitness before bringing him back into the England setup.

 


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