Manchester Untied star striker Wayne Rooney has made a huge statement about his future with the national team.
The skipper of the Old Trafford outfit has missed two months of professional football due to a ligament damage and has left his club with a lot to handle.
However, his absence has not had the same effect on the national squad.
The likes of Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane, the top 2 goal scorers in the Premier League this season have more than replaced the veteran in the recently concluded friendlies against Germany and Holland.
Harry Kane scored a stunning goal against the World Champions while Vardy continued his good form with a goal each against both the team as England hardly realized the lack of a leader in the front line in Wayne Rooney.
These games coupled with the recent performance of the 30-year old has seen fans and pundits alike urge Roy Hodgson to leave him out of the starting XI.
However, Rooney felt that he still had a lot left to offer for club and country and promised that he would come back stronger than ever from this injury that has been plaguing him.
Speaking to PFA’s 4 The Player magazine, Rooney said, “I’ve still got a few years left, I feel.
“I’ll keep trying to, first and foremost, help the team be successful and if I can score the goals to help achieve that then that’ll be great,” he added.
The 30-year old has stepped up his recovery and is expected to feature for the Manchester United’s U-21 game this week. He has just 5 league goals this season and will have to come back strongly if United are to finish this season on a high.
And Rooney admitted that it has been a frustrating spell on the sidelines.
“I was playing really well before that injury so it could’ve been different but that’s in the past and you have to look forward,” he said.
“I think I’m a different player now from what I was then, so I don’t compare myself – I’m always just thinking about what comes next and making sure I’m at my best for the summer,” he added.
With 109 caps, Rooney will by far be the most experienced player in England’s EURO16 squad and the manager of the team, Roy Hodgson hinted recently that he might have a role to play in the competition.
It will be interesting to see how Rooney performance coming back from injury and if he is not able to impress, England might be without their highest goal scorer for most of the tournament in France.
Do you think Rooney deserves a place in the starting XI for England in the EURO16?