England manager, Roy Hodgson has insisted that captain Wayne Rooney is still a vital member of the team in the Euro 2016 plans despite his team having beat World Cup holders Germany in the absence of the striker.
The Manchester United forward failed to play due to a knee injury as his national team played a friendly which they came down from 2 goals to win 3-2 in Berlin. The younger generation flourished.
The Man-of-the-Match was Tottenham’s 19-yr-old dele Alli. His partnership with club-mate Henry Kane continued to strengthen as the striker scored the first comeback-goal for England.
Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy increased the pressure on Rooney’s place with his first England goal but Hodgson said: “I have to repeat Wayne is our captain and he has captained the team extremely well in the past two years.
“He took us through a qualifying campaign where we had a complete success with 10 wins out 10. 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.”
The biggest challenge for Rooney
Rooney may be facing the biggest challenge in his position, especially if the coach keeps faith with Alli and Kane in the positions that they played and also remembering Vardy and Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck are on form.
Hodgson insists that the England record goals corer will not be reluctant and allow the new breed to relax in their laurels.
The team’s manager added that Rooney said after coming back and he is fit, he would instill enormous pressure on the players just as much as they are pressurizing him.