Rooney still has Hodgson's faith
Wayne Rooney may no longer be the main man at Manchester United but England manager Roy Hodgson has re-iterated his belief in the striker. ST ALBANS, United Kingdom – Wayne Rooney may no longer be the main man at Manchester United and there are persistent rumours he may leave Old Trafford in a bid to find regular football but England manager Roy Hodgson has re-iterated his belief in the striker. Rooney, despite winning the title for his club side in England, has endured a difficult season in which he was left out of big matches by his manager Sir Alex Ferguson - including a Champions League tie against Real Madrid - and often overshadowed by new signing Robin van Persie.
By contrast, however, his form for England has been sensational - at least a goal in each of his last five international matches - and he seems certain to start in friendlies at home to the Republic of Ireland in midweek and away to Brazil this weekend after Hodgson underlined his faith in a player who has long been regarded as England's talisman. I know he'll be really desperate to get out and show what a good player he is.
It's not an exact science - and wanting it doesn't necessarily mean you are going to get it. Far from thinking about how to replace Rooney, then, Hodgson is more concerned with who should partner him in order to bring the best out of a player who still has the potential to light up World Cups and European Championships but who has suffered so many frustrations at international level over the years.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Star