– Manchester United and England international Wayne Rooney has been dropped on the bench
– The Red Devils captain has been under heavy criticisms club and country
– Wayne Rooney speaks about his future and career
England and Manchester captain Wayne Rooney speaks about his career following his international axing.
The Three Lions captain has been out of form for both club and country following his recent performances in the Premier League and against Malta where he was booed at Wembley Stadium after a miss-hit shot.
Rooney who will turn 31 this month has also come under fire form the fans at Old Trafford and Jose Mourinho has been forced to relegate United’s second all-time to goal scorer to the bench.
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Rooney is England’s highest goal scorer with 53 goals since making his debut in 2004 and have just one goal to his name for both club and country in the last 12 matches.
And Rooney reacted: “It is something which I have to go through. I am big enough to deal with it.”
He continued: “I believe I can come back from this. I am 30 years of age. I am not 35 or 36 where you are thinking: ‘Can you get back from it?’ I will keep working and I have said before that I will not stop playing for England and start going to Dubai for a few days in the international break.”
The striker explained: “After the summer it would have been easy for me to walk away and say: ‘That’s it, I’ve had enough,’ but that’s not me. I feel I have a lot to offer and I’ve made that clear [to Southgate], certainly until the World Cup in Russia. That’s what I want. I’m not suddenly going to turn round and say: ‘I’m not playing, I’m not going to turn up.’ I will turn up when called upon and be ready.”
Rooney added: “Ryan Giggs at 30 wasn’t the same player he was at 18 and he played until he was 40. There’s lots of examples out there you can use – players re-evaluate and work out the best way to move forwards. I’m sure that will happen with me. I am not naive in terms of thinking that I am still a 20-year-old. I understand that. My game is different to that of a 20-year-old, but I also think I have qualities that can help move this team forward.”
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