England coach Roy Hodgson is happy for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to keep playing on the edge.

Rooney's quick temper has got him into big ­trouble in the past, most notably when he was sent off for lashing out ­at Montenegro's ­Miodrag Dzudovic in a Euro 2012 qualifier, ­missing the opening two games at the tournament as a ­result.

"I have got to say that ­ it is part of the game," said Hodgson.

"I have got to judge Wayne in the last 19 months, since I first met him and worked with him.

"Since I have been here, he has hardly got a yellow card, really.

"He is very keen to play for England, he is as ­disciplined as he can be, but, like all players, I am afraid there will probably come a time (when he ­loses his cool).

"I'm very fortunate in that we've got senior ­players, of which he's one, who do have a big ­influence.

"Their thoughts on things and the way they approach things does have an influence on the group, so a Wayne ­Rooney in this sort of form would be very good.

"He was no problem at all in the Euros. Our ­problem in the Euros was that unfortunately he had been suspended and when he came to us, he was ­training when the rest of them were playing matches."

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