Rooney has consistently been deployed in the middle of the park in Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United regime and has not scored since Boxing Day.
The Dutchman used him as a defensive midfielder in the 3-1 win over Burnley, telling Sky Sports after the game: “I have to look for the better balance and I think, because of Rooney, we have a better balance in midfield.”
But counterpart Hodgson, speaking ahead of next month’s European Qualifier against Lithuania, insists the 29-year-old – just four goals away from becoming England’s all-time leading scorer – is best played as a striker.
“At the moment I don’t necessarily think (central midfield) will be his best position for us and I don’t have any immediate plans to play him there. But who knows? I will never say never.
“He’s a goalscorer, isn’t he?
“One always likes to see one’s goal-scorers in positions where they can get into the box and in and around the box.
“He’s our top goal-scorer in the qualifiers, he’s just a couple of goals (four) away now from being England’s leading goalscorer, so I hope he will continue to score goals for us.”