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England boss Southgate says Rooney's career not over

Omar Zaazou , Sunday 26 Mar 2017
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Manchester United's Wayne Rooney. (Reuters)
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England manager Gareth Southgate said that Wayne Rooney's international career is not over yet after the Manchester United forward had been ruled out of the Three Lions' 1-0 friendly loss to Germany and Sunday's World Cup qualifier with Lithuania.

As Rooney's playing time became limited with both club and country this season, talks have emerged about whether the 31-year-old can still guarantee a place in Southgate's squad.

"He's absolutely [in my thinking]," the England boss was quoted as saying by Skysports.

"I didn't quite understand why we were talking about tributes when he has still got every chance of being in this team.

"I'm conscious that we'll be talking about Wayne again and I'm hoping to be talking about the players who are here, but there's no reason why he is finished with us."

Rooney's last Premier League game for Manchester United came in the goalless draw against Hull City in early February, having failed to feature in four subsequent league games.  

He has been capped 119 times with England, bagging a record 53 goals.

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