Rooney plans to continue England career

28 Jun

Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has no intention of retiring from England duty in the wake of the Euro 2016 defeat to Iceland.

Man United: Rooney plans to continue England careerMan United: Rooney plans to continue England career

Rooney opened the scoring from the penalty spot on Monday night but Iceland hit back to secure an historic 2-1 victory over the Three Lions and progress to the quarter-finals.

England boss Roy Hodgson immediately announced his resignation but Rooney, who captained his country throughout European Championship, intends to continue his international career.

“Of course, I said before the tournament and I’ve been asked many times but I’m proud to play for England and I’ll see who the next manager is and, if selected, I’m available to play,” he told reporters.

“It is hard to see it now but the future is bright. It will take a bit of time I’m sure but we have to try to dust it off as quick as we can and try to move on.

“It is a hard one to take, it is embarrassing. We know we are a better team.

“But you can’t explain it by saying we could have done this or that. We tried to create chances, but unfortunately we couldn’t win.

“Whoever the new manager is, it is the job for him to recognise and try to see where we need to improve.”

Rooney played in a midfield role during Euro 2016, as he did for United through much of last season, and will be 32 by the time England have a chance for tournament redemption at the World Cup in 2018 if they manage to qualify for the tournament in Russia.


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