Roy Hodgson says he would be disappointed if England skipper Wayne Rooney thought he was an immovable object in his first-choice line-up.
Manchester United striker Rooney is currently sidelined with a knee injury and absent from Hodgson’s squad, but he remains the main topic of conversation and Hodgson was forced to answer more questions about Rooney’s potential inclusion in the squad for Euro 2016 at Monday’s press conference.
And the 68-year-old Hodgson, who has already defended Rooney this weekend and claimed the idea of jettisoning the forward was ridiculous, was quickly on the defensive after claiming his skipper does not expect a place in the team.
“I think that I have spoken enough about Wayne Rooney and I don’t have anything to add to what I have said before,” he said.
“He is the captain of the team, before he got injured no-one was disputing his right to be captain, as far as I know he is not making any claims that he should be always on the team-sheet and no-one else would get a chance.
“As far as I understand it, he realises that there will be other players fighting for places in the team and I would be very disappointed if a man of his quality if he didn’t understand that.
“I don’t want to subscribe or have an influence on anything that is being said or written but we are quite happy that there is a large body of players at the moment competing for a small number of places.”
The England coach, who claimed the 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Germany on Saturday, was the best result of his near four-year reign, also admitted that his players were not getting carried away with the victory in Munich.
Second-half goals from Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier cancelled out Germany’s two-goal blast in the first half, to set England up nicely for a Wembley friendly with Holland.
“I haven’t got the impression the players are sailing around with their heads in the clouds,” added Hodgson.