England v San Marino - World Cup 2014 Qualifier Tickets

Wayne Rooney and Roy Hodson, England

England v San Marino - World Cup 2014 Qualifier

England boss Roy Hodgson says he enjoys working with Wayne.

"I've enjoyed working with Wayne, we had a good Euros and I enjoyed working with him there.

"I was disappointed when he got that terrible gash and I was even worried it could rule him out of not only the September games, but also the October games.

"Luckily he's made a very quick recovery and now he's available for the games, and he'll certainly captain the team in the first one."

"I haven't spoken to the players about the team," said Hodson.

"I guess Wayne Rooney realises he's starting the game because he's sitting alongside me as captain of the team.

"But I haven't told any other players who'll be playing and who won't be. Although I've got a pretty good idea in my own mind what I'm going to do, I can't divulge that on television until I've spoken to the players.Up Next

"It might be a question of utilising the squad in a different way because we have a very important game in Poland on Tuesday.

"Knowing that whatever team I choose at Wembley is likely to be able to win that game, how many players do I spare and keep fitter and fresher for the game on Tuesday? That's been the decision to be made."

Frank Lampard and Ryan Bertrand will be out for the San Marino clash due to injury and illness.

"Frank had a scan earlier in the week and tried to train apart from the team but do a bit more on Wednesday morning, and he still felt a slight problem with his calf," said Hodson.

"It was re-scanned and they found a few fibres where there's been a slight tear. It's not a major problem but it was decided the best thing is to let him go back to his club to get treatment on a daily basis there, and we'll re-assess on Sunday.

"When Ryan Bertrand fell ill we were hoping it would just be one of those 24-hour things but it's turned out to be a bit more of a serious illness than that.

"It is purely illness and again, we hope to recover him on Sunday along with Frank."

"I think his sentiments were laudable, telling how much he wants to play for England and being a bit irritated that someone should suggest he doesn't play when he gets a sore throat, but his choice of words was wrong.

"I'm pleased to see he's apologised for it and it just reminds us how careful players of this profile have to be.

"I believe there's not really a question from the FA's point of view that he'll be charged but it's a lesson that needs to be learned and that we can all learn from."

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