England national manager Roy Hodgson has claimed that Wayne Rooney will have to fight for his place when he returns to full fitness, but still remains the captain of the team.
The 30-year-old Manchester united striker’s place in the Three Lions squad has come under scrutiny following the impressive performances of England strikers Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy in the 3-2 win over World Champions Germany on Saturday.
Despite this, Hodgson says there is certainly still a future for the national team skipper despite the fact he is currently sidelined and seemingly on the outer.
Hodgson said: “When he comes back and is fit again he is going to be putting enormous pressure on these players.
“Just as these players have been putting enormous pressure on him. And that’s the situation we are looking forward to.
“He has captained the team extremely well these past two years, taken us through a qualification campaign, where we had complete success, 10 wins out of 10.
“So it doesn’t please me too much when it is suggested the moment he gets injured and doesn’t play he deserves to be jettisoned in some way. He certainly doesn’t deserve that.
“I was too busy really enjoying the fact that Welbeck came back and did well, Vardy came on and did well, Kane was excellent throughout the game. I will enjoy that for the minute.
“I’m pretty sure when Wayne is fit again, and comes back, then we will assess the situation. I’m not spending any time thinking about that at the moment. Wayne, I repeat, is our captain.”