England manager Roy Hodgson said there are no guarantees captain Wayne Rooney will always be a starter for the national team. He would regard me as someone who is very false if I ever said to him: ‘Your place is guaranteed.’ He would not expect it and I would be very upset anyway if anyone asked me to give them a guarantee of a place. “No-one else has ever done”.
In past years, especially for England, there has been little to no competition from youngsters trying to knock Rooney off his perch as the main attacking option, however, with Rooney also turning 30 in the month of October, he finds himself facing a bit more competition from the likes of Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, and Theo Walcott.
Hodgson, who will announce his squad for the games against Estonia and Lithuania later on Thursday, is likely to err on the side of caution with Sturridge, according to the Daily Telegraph, though that could change if any of the forwards named are injured in the Premier League this weekend.
His four goals in all competitions underlines his ability to make a real difference in the final third and he will fancy his chances of adding to his tally against United.
His lack of playing time throughout the upcoming campaign has put his place at Euro 2016 into jeopardy, and it’s extremely unlikely that the 20-year-old will be in the England squad.
“At the moment, that day has not arrived and, with any luck, it won’t arrive because he will continue to play well and he will continue to merit his place”, Hodgson responded when asked whether he was considering dropping Rooney altogether, per the Guardian’s Daniel Taylor.
“But there are no guarantees”.
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“I think Luke knows how much we care about him and how much we think of him – he will realise from the work he has done with us what I and the other coaching staff have said, we really had high hopes for Luke in 2016″. “We have got lots of players with good potential and it is in their hands how far they go”.