England boss Roy Hodgson has warned Wayne Rooney that he will not be an automatic starter at this summer’s European Championships.
Manchester United’s Rooney is currently injured but Hodgson recently assured him that he will definitely make the squad for the Euros if fit.
The 30-year-old is England’s captain and record goalscorer but Hodgson insisted that Rooney will have to earn his place in France this summer.
“Does he have a good chance with his track record, ability and experience? – of course he has,” Hodgson said.
“But that doesn’t necessarily mean he will be. He might not have recovered to the best of his ability, or we might want to use different players or play a different way.
“But that will have to be proven on the field, Wayne realises that. He knows that, if others are better or the right men to play, he’ll accept that.
“If he’s fit, he’ll go but not as an automatic starter. But I’m confident he’ll get fit.”
Rooney was in good form at the start of the year prior to his injury but he had a 2015 to forget at Man United.
Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, meanwhile, have consistently scored goals over the course of the campaign. It is good that Hodgson is keeping Rooney on his toes as he should be raring to go for United in the final few weeks of the season.