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The national team boss praised his captain's
goalscoring exploits for the Three Lions and also
commented on a possible calf injury to midfielder
Michael Carrick
England manager Roy Hodgson has labelled Wayne
Rooney's international record as "incredible" ahead
of the striker's attempt to become the nation’s all-
time top goalscorer in the match against
Switzerland on Tuesday.

The Manchester United star equalled Bobby
Charlton’s mark of 49 international goals in the 6-0
Euro 2016 qualification victory over San Marino on
Saturday and will move clear on his own at the top
of the Three Lions' list if he can strike against the
Swiss when he wins his 107th cap at Wembley.

Hodgson is hopeful the record will be broken to
ensure his captain is not distracted and paid tribute
to the 29-year-old’s England contributions since his
debut in 2003.

"Wayne's record is quite incredible - at 29 with 107
caps," the 68-year-old said. "As his manager, I say
he can play for a lot longer so goodness knows how
many goals he can get in future.

"I can be patient but I would like it to happen
against Switzerland and then we can have press
conferences about other things than the pressure
he feels under. It is going to happen so for Wayne's
sake I guess the sooner the better.

"His record speaks for itself. Comparisons aren't
always a good thing, especially from different eras.
Good players are good players whether they are
from 1950 or 2020.

"But I never get the impression watching him that
he is playing for goals or headlines. I sense he is
trying to help team win. If that means staying out
from penalty area or tracking back then that is what
this man does.
"That is why we appreciate him and that is why he
is captain."
The England boss also attempted to play down
concerns over Michael Carrick, who has withdrawn
from the squad after injuring his calf in the warm-
up prior to the San Marino win.

Hodgson said: "It is a calf and we don't believe it is
serious. It is strange because it came out of

"It was the start of the warm-up in San Marino and
he felt something very small so we didn't push that.
He had a preliminary scan with our doctors and
they decided there was something there.
"It is up to Manchester United to look more closely,
but we don’t believe it is long term.

"We will wait and see who replaces him, but there
are other options. We have Delph, we have Mason,
we have Milner so we have options without
radically changing the system.

"The players know the team but I'm not in the habit
of announcing it. There will be some changes."

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