And Hodgson has let Rooney know he must start putting in better performances before the summer tournament, insisting that his experience is not enough to book him a place in the team.
"It doesn’t matter how much good work he can do for us off the field in terms of being some sort of mentor for the players," he told Sky Sports.
"We really need him being Wayne Rooney on the field: scoring goals, making goals and with his drive and commitment leading us forward."
"I’m hoping so, absolutely," Hodgson said. "Those that are a little bit older and have a bit more experience – and Wayne's right at the top of that with his 100 and whatever caps – are going to be important because a lot of players going to the Euros won't have that experience."