England were a team reborn last night without their injured captain, coming back from 2-0 down to beat world champions Germany 3-2 in Berlin.
But boss Hodgson has dismissed claims that England are better off without Rooney.
“Wayne, I repeat, is our captain,” said Hodgson.
“He has captained the team extremely well these past two years, taken 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.
“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.