ROONEY RECORD IS INCREDIBLE, SAYS HODGSON

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The national team boss praised his captain's

goalscoring exploits for the Three Lions and also

commented on a possible calf injury to midfielder

Michael Carrick

England manager Roy Hodgson has labelled Wayne

Rooney's international record as "incredible" ahead

of the striker's attempt to become the nation’s all-

time top goalscorer in the match against

Switzerland on Tuesday.

The Manchester United star equalled Bobby

Charlton’s mark of 49 international goals in the 6-0

Euro 2016 qualification victory over San Marino on

Saturday and will move clear on his own at the top

of the Three Lions' list if he can strike against the

Swiss when he wins his 107th cap at Wembley.

Hodgson is hopeful the record will be broken to

ensure his captain is not distracted and paid tribute

to the 29-year-old’s England contributions since his

debut in 2003.

"Wayne's record is quite incredible - at 29 with 107

caps," the 68-year-old said. "As his manager, I say

he can play for a lot longer so goodness knows how

many goals he can get in future.

"I can be patient but I would like it to happen

against Switzerland and then we can have press

conferences about other things than the pressure

he feels under. It is going to happen so for Wayne's

sake I guess the sooner the better.

"His record speaks for itself. Comparisons aren't

always a good thing, especially from different eras.

Good players are good players whether they are

from 1950 or 2020.

"But I never get the impression watching him that

he is playing for goals or headlines. I sense he is

trying to help team win. If that means staying out

from penalty area or tracking back then that is what

this man does.

"That is why we appreciate him and that is why he

is captain."

The England boss also attempted to play down

concerns over Michael Carrick, who has withdrawn

from the squad after injuring his calf in the warm-

up prior to the San Marino win.

Hodgson said: "It is a calf and we don't believe it is

serious. It is strange because it came out of

nowhere.

"It was the start of the warm-up in San Marino and

he felt something very small so we didn't push that.

He had a preliminary scan with our doctors and

they decided there was something there.

"It is up to Manchester United to look more closely,

but we don’t believe it is long term.

"We will wait and see who replaces him, but there

are other options. We have Delph, we have Mason,

we have Milner so we have options without

radically changing the system.

"The players know the team but I'm not in the habit

of announcing it. There will be some changes."


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