England boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is certain to have a spot in his squad for the European Championships if he is fit.
Rooney has missed Man United’s last six games with a knee injury but he was recently pictured without his supportive knee brace and is expected to make a full recovery before the end of the month.
Critics have suggested he should sit out of the Euros as a result of his poor form under Louis van Gaal this season in the Premier League but Hodgson believes Rooney deserves a place in the squad this summer.
“Yes I can [say he is a certainty] because he is our captain, he is our most experienced player,” Hodgson said.
“He has not missed one game in the last 10 qualifiers, in fact he has not missed one squad of the last eight squads, that takes in 16 games. He has never let us down.
“I am not prepared to say categorically for many players at this early stage that this player will go, but I certainly will dismiss any discussions about Wayne Rooney and whether he should or shouldn’t go, because he deserves to be there.
“My only fear is that he won’t recover in time from his injury. I think it is a minor fear, because everyone tells me he should be fine, but that for me would be the only doubt.”
Rooney is by far England’s most experienced player and their record goalscorer and you get the sense that it would be a mistake to leave him at home.
The 30-year-old suffered a disappointing 2015 but he was superb for United this year prior to his injury. Hopefully he returns from his knee ligament injury sooner rather than later.