Roy Hodgson: Wayne Rooney not guaranteed England World Cup place
Must do better: Roy Hodgson says Wayne Rooney won’t just be handed an England place
Roy Hodgson has warned Wayne Rooney he could miss out on England’s World Cup squad unless his form improves.
The 27-year-old was left on the Manchester United bench and didn’t feature in key games towards the end of the season, and Hodgson is reportedly concerned about his form.
And speaking ahead of giving Rooney a prominent role in the match against the Republic of Ireland, Hodgson says the striker is not guaranteed a place and needs to stay on his toes.
‘Rooney has to produce good form – no one is guaranteed a place in the future,’ said Hodgson.
‘I do know my best team, I think. I’m getting closer and closer, but it depends on form.’
Hodgson also added that he is frustrated by the numberof England players who are not regularly playing for their club teams.
‘Of course it is an issue,’ he added when asked about the amount of England stars on the bench.
‘But that’s something I have to live with in England. We’d be limiting our options if I could only pick English players who play on a regular basis for their club, but it’s important.’
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard has backed the FA’s decision to award Ashley Cole the captaincy for the clash with Ireland, despite fury.
Lampard hailed Cole’s consistency and said the armband was the ‘perfect gesture’ after the Chelsea defender passed 100 caps.