Wayne Rooney’s presence missed

England manager Roy Hodgson has confessed that the Three Lions miss injured forward Wayne Rooney, and that the Manchester United man will walk back into the senior side when he is available again.

Rooney suffered a gash on his right leg in a recent Premier League game against Fulham, and as such missed the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

With the home nation drawing 1-1 with Ukraine in a disappointing showing on Tuesday, Hodgson has admitted that the team will be stronger when Rooney returns to action.

“We’ll get the best out of him because he’s desperate to play for England,’’ Hodgson is quoted as saying in The Telegraph.

“He’s an excellent footballer and quality is permanent. I’ve spoken to him of course. He’s had a nasty injury and we’re hoping he gets over it as soon as possible.

“The sooner he comes back into our fold the better because we are short of experienced and quality front players in England. We are blessed with quite a few very good midfielders,” the coach admitted.