Wayne Rooney has said that he will not quit the English national team after being put on the bench, and has vowed to fight to get his starting position back.
Rooney was dropped from the starting XI for the game against Slovenia on Tuesday, with the captain’s armband being handed to Jordan Henderson. The Manchester United player has been on the bench for his club for the last three matches, and now he finds himself on the bench for England as well.
“I am 30 years of age,” Rooney said. “I am not 35 or 36 where you are thinking, ‘Can you get back from it?’
“I will just keep working. I have said before that I will not stop playing for England and then think of going to Dubai for a few days in the international break. 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, 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.
“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. I’m not denying it’s a difficult moment but I have to show the right attitude, try to be positive and make sure I am supportive of my teammates.”