Hodgson says Man Utd's Rooney remains England's No1

England coach Roy Hodgson insists Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney remains front and centre in his plans.

England coach Roy Hodgson insists Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney remains front and centre in his plans.

Rooney is missing from tonight’s World Cup qualifier in Moldova because of a gashed leg.

Hodgson declared: “I don’t have any concerns. He’s a top striker and someone I want in the squad. We’re talking about a star. And when a star maybe does not reach the level expected of him, criticism follows.

“But I have no criticism of him or his fitness.”

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