Rooney keen to extend England career

2016-04-04 19:02
Wayne Rooney (TEAMtalk)
Captain Town - England captain Wayne Rooney believes he still has "a few years left" playing for his country, dispelling speculation that the 30-year-old Manchester United forward could soon bring the curtain down on his international career.

A knee injury has kept Rooney out of action since February and the emergence of strikers such as Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane and Leicester City's Jamie Vardy has led to questions over England manager Roy Hodgson's perceived reliance on Rooney.

Like Hodgson, who rejected talk of Rooney's ability to lead England during the June 10-July 10 European Championships in France, the Liverpudlian is not ready to call time on his international career.

"Over the past two years my form for England has been really good. I've scored a lot of goals," Rooney told the PFA's 4 The Player magazine.

"I'll keep trying to, first and foremost, help the team be successful and if I can score the goals to help achieve that then that'll be great.

"I've still got a few years left, I feel. I'm a lot more patient now in my play. When I was younger, I could be impatient and I'd end up in positions I didn't really need to be in."

Rooney, who will turn 31 in October, made his international debut at the age of 17 as a substitute against Australia in February 2003 and became the side's youngest-ever scorer with a goal in a 2-1 win over Macedonia seven months later.

Last September, he surpassed Bobby Charlton's long-standing record of 49 goals for England against Switzerland and now has 51 goals in 109 internationals.

He scored his first goal in a World Cup finals against Uruguay in Brazil in 2014 and was England's highest scorer in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with seven goals.

He is also closing in on Charlton's all-time scoring record of 249 goals for Manchester United and is currently their second-highest scorer with 244 goals, but might need to wait until next season to break it due to his injury.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Who was the best summer signing in the EPL?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.