Gareth Southgate: Wayne Rooney has a big decision to make at Manchester United

by Tanveer Arayan

Gareth Southgate has urged Wayne Rooney to make a decision over his future at Manchester United if he wants to break back into the England squad.

He has lost his automatic starter status for club and country this campaign and has been heavily linked with an Old Trafford exit following the arrival of Jose Mourinho last summer.

Rooney has been left out of England’s squad with Southgate selecting Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy and Jermain Defoe for the World Cup Qualifier against Scotland, with a friendly against France in Paris days later.

Speaking about his future, Southgate insists Rooney can still have a place in the England squad.

When asked it if Rooney’s England career is over, Southgate said: “It doesn’t have to be.

“From Wayne’s point of view, he has obviously not played very much this season. Others have come into the squad and done really well.

“As far as I am concerned, Wayne, it would appear, has got some decisions to make across the summer regarding next season.

“But the hope is he is back playing really well and with a player of his quality there is no way we would dismiss him from the future.

“That’s a general situation that you want your players playing in the biggest possible games. That is the best test for them.”

He’s scored 53 goals for England and is the record goalscorer, however, he hasn’t been able to keep the same impact as he’s entered the latter stages of his career.

Rooney featured as a 90th-minute substitute as Man United won the Europa League, but it seems like he could be on his way out, so it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out.

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