England coach Roy Hodgson believes Wayne Rooney will be a captain that players can depend upon at this summer’s European Championship in France.
The 30-year-old’s form for Manchester United has been a topic of concern this year suffering eight games without a goal in the Premier League. However, the Englishman’s confidence has been boosted by his brilliant start to the new year with seven goals in eight games.
He faces stiff competition for a starting place as striker with Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy’s both showing great form this season in the Premier League but Hodgson is relieved Rooney has been able to has pulled himself through his goal drought.
“We are pleased Wayne has pulled himself out of that trough,” Hodgson said on Match of the Day this week.
“He’s an important player, our captain and a player we need to depend upon for the Euros.”
To be fair, even if Rooney didn’t score one goal this season he would still probably start for Hodgson’s England side in France this summer. Much like at Man United this year, his name precedes him and gives him an almost guaranteed starting spot.
That being said, Rooney has started to play his best football in some time since the start of January and recaptured the sort of consistent form which made him one of the world’s best players at one stage.
Whether he can do that on the international scene with England, a stage on which he has struggled throughout his career, remains to be seen but as Hodgson explained, he will be an important player for England at Euro 2016.