Hodgson was here in France at a Euro 2016 coaching workshop and he also had glowing words for Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, who made his England debut at 18, but has not played this season after breaking his left leg in August.
Hodgson said Wilshere will be in his Euro squad as long as he is fit, insisting it does not matter how many games he plays before France.
“Players are either fit to play or not,” he said. “Whether they play 30 games, 40 games, 10 games, 15 games, eight games, I don’t understand that. For me it’s all about the class of the player.”
The same applies to skipper Rooney, despite the Manchester United star suffering a knee injury which could keep him out for two months.
“There is no way I should be looking to dismiss a Wayne Rooney who is fit and playing football on the basis he is out of form, because he is our captain and a captain is important and there are 23 players,” said Hodgson.