Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Southgate's Warning to Rooney over England Future

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Southgate's Warning to Rooney over England Future

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ENGLAND boss Gareth Southgate has warned Wayne Rooney will only save his international career if he is playing regularly for a club side.

The United and Three Lions captain was omitted from Southgate's senior squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Scotland on June 10 and the friendly with France on June 13.

Rooney, who has 119 England caps and is his club and country's top scorer, made eight appearances for United last month but over the course of the campaign has been used more sparingly by Old Trafford manager Jose Mourinho.

"Wayne has got some decisions to make across the summer, but the hope is that he's back," said Southgate. "A player of his quality there's no way we would dismiss his from the future.

"You want your players playing in the biggest possible games. …

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