England boss eases Rooney fears

England manager Roy Hodgson

Manager Roy Hodgson has no concerns regarding England striker Wayne Rooney despite the uncertainty surrounding his club future.

Rooney has submitted a transfer request at Manchester United and could well be on the move this summer, although there are reports he will make a dramatic U-turn and remain at Old Trafford.

Hodgson, however, has no concerns over Rooney and indicated he may be made captain for the upcoming friendlies with the Republic of Ireland and Brazil in the absence of regular skipper Steven Gerrard.

Chelsea pair Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole are other candidates to captain the side, but Hodgson doesn’t think Cole is keen to take the armband.

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Hodgson said: “Lampard and Rooney are the sort of captains elect.”

He added: “I’ll speak to Frank and Wayne when we get together.”

Despite the uncertainty surrounding Rooney’s future, Hodgson has no issue with the striker’s commitment to England and doesn’t think a lack of game time will have an impact on the forward, after Rooney missed United’s win over Swansea last time out.

When asked about Rooney, Hodgson said: “He’s played pretty regularly in actual fact so I think when you tot up his games for the season he’ll be nudging 50 rather than 38 so I’m not concerned at all about his playing time.

“His situation at Manchester United is really something between him and the club, it doesn’t really impact on me with England as long as he is fit and playing football.”

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