England manager Roy Hodgson has stated that he is happy with the form of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

According to a BBC report, Hodgson confirmed that Rooney, 27, will win his 83rd cap in tonight’s friendly against Brazil in the Maracana.

He said: "I have no reason to doubt Wayne's form and no reason to doubt his desire to do well for us," said Hodgson.

"I haven't followed all of his games for Manchester United. I have seen some and am aware he's missed some matches but I thought his performance against Republic of Ireland (on Wednesday) was very good. He played well and was very active”, he added.

When asked if Rooney, who has scored 35 goals for England, has more to offer, Hodgson told reporters: "Why not? He's got a lot of years ahead of him, so why not?"

The striker will be central to Hodgson's game-plan in the Maracana after Rooney’s Manchester United team-mate Danny Welbeck was ruled out with a knee injury. 

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge did not travel to Brazil with the rest of the squad after sustaining an ankle injury in Wednesday's friendly against Republic of Ireland.

"There are lots of options and we've got enough players to have options," added Hodgson. "We could play Jermain Defoe and Rooney or even Theo Walcott and Rooney.

"The other option is to play Wayne or one of the others up there on his own and bring someone extra into midfield. We want to keep our wide players like we had the other night."


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