Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Rooney Excited to See What 'fearless' England Are Capable of

Rooney Excited to See What 'fearless' England Are Capable of

"I'll take away being the record goalscorer and representing my country 119 times and feeling huge pride doing that".

Enough good ones that he's been capped 119 times - more than any English player except goalkeeper Peter Shilton, who retired with 125 caps.

Despite his impressive run in front of goal, Rooney has ruled out a temporary return to the Premier League during the Major League Soccer off-season. "As a country, we haven't done anything like this before".

On Tuesday, older and wiser and even succumbing to something that might have been butterflies - "I don't know if that was nerves... it was different", he said of joining up with Gareth Southgate's squad - the 33-year-old chose to focus on a more recent occasion, the evening of his 50th goal in September 2015, when asked for his England highlights.

"It's not important", Rooney said.

"Speaking to the FA, we felt it was right, this was the way the FA wanted to move forward". It was nice to see them and the staff, and the reception they gave me was fantastic. Kane, 25, has already scored 19 goals for his country in 34 appearances, putting him on pace to smash Rooney's record.

England manager Gareth Southgate said last week he was yet to decide when in the second half Rooney will come on, but added it would be before fans start "heading for the tube". Rooney is coming off a sensational first season in MLS, leading D.C. United, last in the Eastern Conference when he arrived, into the playoffs.

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Should Luis Enrique's men fail to bounce back with victory in Croatia on Thursday, England will have the chance to progress to the inaugural Nations League semi-finals by beating the Croats at Wembley on Sunday.

"I think I made the decision to go to the States and when I make a decision I tend to stick with it".

"Although it wasn't a great year, I took a lot from it. It's important I give my full commitment to DC", he said.

Rooney also said it would not be fair to his four children to move them again. "And I'm going to enjoy Thursday".

England´s striker Wayne Rooney attends a press conference during a media day at St George´s Park in Burton-on-Trent, central England on November 13, 2018, ahead of their worldwide friendly football match against the US on November 15.

"I've stepped back from that now and can analyse it, and see it was there".

"I will finish my career there".

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