Southgate: England Still An Option For Rooney

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Wayne Rooney missed out on the last England squad, but Gareth Southgate insists his career is not over yet.

Rooney was left out of the squad for the matches in June, missing the matches against Scotland and France, with Southgate citing his lack of first team football as a reason.

However, ever since he joined Everton, Southgate says he is in contention for a recall.

“The great thing for Rooney is that he will probably be playing more regular football and so it’s as simple as that,” Southgate told the London Evening Standard.

“In the league, we only have 70 English players, and so we certainly aren’t ruling anybody out.”

“First of all, if you play really good football and produce great performances for your club it is possible that he will come back to the national team,” said the Dutchman.
“But it always starts with the club, his performances for the club and then it’s reasonable that he will go back to the national team. There is the quality of the player, the confidence I see in his football.

“And what I really like is his ambition in training, he shows the young lads in the team his experience and explains things, decisions about football, about positions. He’s a big player in English football and all the players know all about Wayne Rooney.

“He’s an example about winning titles, about the qualities he shows on the pitch and he can be a teacher for the young players off the pitch.”



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