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Wayne Rooney not guaranteed England starting spot, Roy Hodgson says

Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring his 50th England goal
Image: Wayne Rooney's England goalscoring record does not mean an automatic starting place at Euro 2016, Roy Hodgson says

Wayne Rooney's record will not guarantee him a starting place for England next summer, according to Roy Hodgson.

The Manchester United striker is now his country's most prolific footballer having surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton's 49-goal mark, and this month's game against Estonia will be a celebration of his international career.

Several initiatives are being planned for Wembley on October 9, but Hodgson has warned that not even Rooney is untouchable with eight months still remaining until Euro 2016.

"At the moment, that day has not arrived," Hodgson said when asked if he could ever envisage a time when Rooney could be dropped.

"With any luck it won't arrive because he will continue to play well and he will continue to merit his place and we will still talk as warmly about him after the tournament in June as we are now, but there is no guarantee.

"I have been in football a long time and Wayne Rooney has been in football a long time. He would regard me as someone who is very false if I ever said to him your place is guaranteed.

"He would not expect it, and I would be very upset if anyone asked me to give them a guarantee of a place. No one else has ever done, and I would take umbrage if that day ever arrived."

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Rooney has scored 10 times in his last 12 England games.

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