Forgotten man still has England future, says Southgate
England boss Gareth Southgate insists captain Wayne Rooney still has a future in the team despite his omission from the latest squad, per Sky.
Rooney, 31, has 119 caps for his country and is the record goalscorer with 53 goals. But injuries and a loss of his place at Manchester United meant he was overlooked by Southgate for games against Germany and Lithuania.
His future at Old Trafford has been hot topic and this latest development has raised the question of if he’ll ever play for England again.
Southgate, who replaced San Allardyce as manager in November, insists the striker still has a lot to offer the England team.
“He’s absolutely [in my thinking],” the England boss said of the 119-cap forward.
“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.”