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Hodgson: Wayne Rooney should take ‘management role’ after playing career

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Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring against Swansea City during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday Aug. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)


England has enjoyed the quality of world-class players numerous times in the past, and Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney is one of those footballers.

Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson believes that Rooney’s skill level over the years will put him in a favorable position to obtain a managerial role in the near future.

However, the former West Brom manager couldn’t put forth accurate retirement speculation concerning the veteran, and he compared the longtime United standout to other accomplished English players, saying that all of them care capable of bearing managerial prestige.

“Wayne has a lot of playing time left so I can’t think he has given retirement much thought,” Hodgson said through Sky Sports.

“But when you have had a career like he has had, or the likes of Gerrard, Lampard, Terry or Cole have had, and you are that good a professional, then I would love to see them all stay in the game in a coaching or management role because they have so much to offer.”

Rooney has counted three goals and two assists in six Premier League games this season. His strength on the ball is still a key positive trait of the scorer. While his expert characteristics may have slightly declined, the 28-year-old striker, numbering 313 appearances on United, has just entered a prime age range.

Whether or not he can recapture his superb form from 2011-12 remains unlikely, but Hodgson’s right about the future. It really would be expected to note a 40-year-old Rooney manning the sideline for a gritty BPL squad.