Could Roy Hodgson be about to do Manchester United a huge favour?

Wayne Rooney

England manager Roy Hodgson could be about to do Manchester United a huge favour through making Wayne Rooney captain.

England play the Republic of Ireland and Brazil in friendly matches this summer before the round of autumn World Cup qualifiers and with Steven Gerrard out injured, Roy Hodgson could ask Wayne Rooney to step in as captain.

That would mean brilliant news for Manchester United fans and the club in general, with the fear that Rooney could still leave the club this summer after handing in a second transfer request.

If Rooney goes then it will more than likely be to a foreign club and Hodgson has always said it would be very difficult for him to select players who are not playing in England.

That means that if Rooney cares about his international career, which he should do as he’s only 27-years-old, then the fact he could soon become captain of his country should mean he stays within England.

That means the only threat to United in terms of Rooney’s future is Chelsea, but David Moyes has experienced enough already in his relationship with the striker to know how to handle the current situation.

Going on the method that Hodgson has always used when looking at his England squads, it’s going to be very difficult for Rooney to play regularly for England if he’s not playing in the Premier League.

The only counter balance against that is the fact that he is a gifted and high quality football player, who may be able to warrant regular England places despite playing in another part of the world.

It’s all finely balanced but the extra level of responsibility which Hodgson seems ready to hand to Rooney, could tip the balance over his future back in the direction of Old Trafford.

England captains need to show a great level of leadership and maturity which is not something Rooney has done over the last couple of weeks with the timing of his request to leave United.

It could be a reality check of him in the biggest way because if he leaves United, he may think that his chances of being England captain over a very long period of time are non-existent.

There is even grounds to suggest that if he stays with United, David Moyes could make him captain of the first team at some point in the near future when the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra have all retired.

That would then make him an odds on certainty to lead England over the final chunk of his career but those odds are just going to get longer and longer if her drifts away from Old Trafford.

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