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Rooney has been deployed in the midfield by Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal this seasonReuters

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says that he agrees with Roy Hodgson, saying that he too would play Wayne Rooney up front if he was the head coach of England.

The 63-year-old Dutchman has been deploying Rooney in midfield at Old Trafford this season despite the former Everton man being the third highest goalscorer in the history of the club behind the likes of Denis Law and Sir Bobby Charlton.

Hodgson recently stated that he would continue playing Rooney as a striker, and van Gaal says that he agrees with the former Liverpool boss, insisting that would also do the same if he were the Three Lions manager.

"In the composition for Mr Hodgson, Rooney is probably giving more contribution to the English team in the striker's position, then I would put him there too if I was the English manager," van Gaal told Sky Sports.

However, the former Barcelona boss despite admitting that "Rooney is better as a striker," has indicated that Rooney will continue playing in the midfield at United due to the current composition of the team.

"I have explained already a lot of times that it is not because anyone is not a good player in my selection but you have to compare," he added.

"I have to compare and decide where a player has to play to make the biggest contribution and, while I agree that maybe Rooney is better as a striker if I play him there, then I have a problem in midfield."

"He [Hodgson] has to compare Rooney with other strikers in his line-up and that is another consideration I have to make. I have to choose between Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and all the other strikers I have, then it is my consideration that is a different way."

Meanwhile, van Gaal has refused to reveal whether he feels that David De Gea is the best goalkeeper in the world.

"I never speak about that because I can never judge other goalkeeper, I can only judge mine," added the Dutchman.

"He doesn't save any points as he is my goalkeeper and his obligation is to hold balls and you are thinking that is an exception for other goalkeepers? It is not like that."