England boss assures Man United stalwart he is as important as ever as new era dawns

England manager Roy Hodgson has defended his captain Wayne Rooney and insisted he is a major part of his plans for Euro 2016, report BBC Sport.

Following the stunning 3-2 win over Germany on Saturday, doubts have arisen over the 30-year old’s suitability in the side going forward.

Missing out on this squad due to a knee injury picked up during a good spell of form, talk surrounding the Three Lions skipper has been rampant.

Excitement over a group of talented young players such as Dele Alli, Ross Barkley and Harry Kane has reached a fever pitch after the Three Lions disposed over the world champions.

Jamie Vardy continues his meteoric rise while the likes of Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge occupy similar positions to the nation’s record marksman.

However, Hodgson has leaped to the Manchester United striker’s defence and quelled suggestions he will be left behind in this new era for English football.

‘I have to repeat Wayne is our captain and he has captained the team extremely well in the past two years’, roared the 68-year old.

‘It doesn’t please me too much that it is suggested now that the moment he is injured and doesn’t play he gets jettisoned in some way.’

‘He doesn’t deserve that.’