England boss Roy Hodgson is confident that Wayne Rooney will make next year’s Ballon d’Or World Player of the Year shortlist, and also backs his skipper to break Peter Shilton’s record of 125 caps for the national side.
Although the Manchester United striker looks set to win a landmark 100th cap against Slovenia in a Euro 2016 qualifier next Saturday, he was omitted from the shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or, the most prestigious individual award in world football.
However, Hodgson thinks this snub means little.
“Those Ballon d’Or nominations come from all over the world and it’s based on last season. So if you are playing in a team which has its problems and is regarded as unsuccessful, it’s very difficult for you to get your name put forward,” he said.
“We’d all like him to be included in a year’s time – because that would mean he had been a success for club and country.
“Wayne is only just 29, and should certainly beat Peter’s record , though I don’t believe he goes to bed at night dreaming of that or Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record.
“Wayne must see time running out [in terms of major tournaments]. I’m sure that does go through his mind – and he was devastated after the World Cup, like the rest of us.”
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