“I’m pretty sure when Wayne is fit again, and comes back, then we will assess the situation.
“Wayne, I repeat, is our captain. He has captained the team extremely well these past two years, taking us through a qualification campaign where we had complete success, 10 wins out of 10, so it doesn’t please me too much when it is suggested the moment he gets injured and doesn’t play he deserves to be jettisoned in some way.
“He certainly doesn’t deserve that, and when he comes back and is fit again he is going to be putting enormous pressure on these players, just as these players have been putting enormous pressure on him. That’s the situation we are looking forward too.”
Rooney will be a pundit in the ITV studio for the visit of the Dutch when Hodgson is planning at least 10 changes and possibly the entire team if he decides to call up another left-back to rival Danny Rose.