England boss Hodgson has concerns over Rooney captaincy

England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that he is concerned that captain Wayne Rooney could be weighed down by the added responsibility of the role, BBC Sport has reported.

Just weeks after being the captaincy at Manchester United, Rooney was named skipper of his national team by Hodgson in August in the wake of Steven Gerrard’s decision to retire from international football following the disappointing World Cup in Brazil.

He is set to earn his 100th senior international cap in the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier, but Hodgson has admitted doubts over whether Rooney can cope with his added responsibility in the long-term. “I worry that the responsibility is going to weigh him down,” he said.

“We do all we can, myself and the coaching staff, to ensure that won’t happen with us. At the moment I think he’s coping with it well but we’ll have to keep an eye on the situation, as will (Man Utd manager) Louis (van Gaal), to make sure it doesn’t weigh him down.

“I remember making the point fairly recently that he’s really taken on this job as captain with enormous seriousness. He’s studied and talked a lot with Steven Gerrard. He spends a lot of time with the younger players. And obviously with me he’s very good. If there’s anything he thinks I should be made aware of, he makes me aware of it.”

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