Rooney: Hodgson’s built a great base for England

Wayne Rooney has talked up Roy Hodgson's future as England manager, hailing his courage to select talented players regardless of their age or reputation.

In a recent press conference, the England captain made his opinion clear that his boss should remain in his position beyond the European Championship, saying that Hodgson has the support of the players.

The 68-year-old's contract runs out at the end of the tournament and, according to FA officials, will be offered an extension should England perform well.

"It is down to his bosses but of course, as players, we want him to stay," Rooney told reporters.

"It shouldn't go unnoticed the amount of young players he's introduced into the squad over the last four years. There was a big issue in terms of everyone saying we didn't have the young players coming through in England which other countries had.

"In fairness to the Premier League clubs, they've brought young players through and Roy has picked them." he said, in reference to players such as Delle Ali, Marcus Rashford and Eric Dier.

"In my opinion he has not only created a very good team but also a fantastic atmosphere around the training ground when we meet up, and a great base for England's future in the next six to eight years," Rooney concluded.