Wayne Rooney: Why Roy Hodgson Must Stay on As England Manager

England coach Roy Hodgson (L) with captain Wayne Rooney
England coach Roy Hodgson (L) with captain Wayne Rooney at the Velodrome Stadium, Marseille, June 10. Rooney wants Hodgson to continue managing England after Euro 2016. Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty

England captain Wayne Rooney wants Roy Hodgson to stay on beyond the end of UEFA Euro 2016.

The Football Association (FA) wants Hodgson, 68, to reach the semi-finals in France if he is to earn an extension on the deal set to expire after the tournament.

However, that also includes a somewhat nebulous guarantee from FA Chairman Greg Dyke that Hodgson can gain a new deal if England reaches the quarter-finals by "playing well."

Rooney, though, thinks Hodgson has done well enough to stay on however England performs during the remainder of Euro 2016.

"It shouldn't go unnoticed the amount of young players he's introduced into the squad over the last four years," Rooney said.

"There was a big issue in terms of everyone saying we didn't have the young players coming through in England which other countries had. In fairness to the Premier League clubs they've brought young players through and Roy has picked them.

"In my opinion he has not only created a very good team but also a fantastic atmosphere around the training ground when we meet up, and a great base for England's future in the next six to eight years."

England plays Slovakia in Saint-Etienne on Monday evening, with a place in the knockout stages of Euro 2016 on the line.