/Back at Everton, energized Rooney eyes England return

Back at Everton, energized Rooney eyes England return


AP

Published 11:14 a.m. ET July 10, 2017 | Updated 11:14 a.m. ET July 10, 2017

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Wayne Rooney believes his return to Everton can revive his international career with England.

Rooney, who has 119 caps and a record 53 goals for England, was left out of the most recent squad in June for matches against Scotland and France, with Gareth Southgate saying there were forwards in better form.

The 31-year-old Rooney had to accept a reduced status at United last season in Jose Mourinho’s first year in charge, but moving back to Everton — 13 years after leaving Goodison Park — signals a fresh start.

Speaking on Monday at a news conference at Goodison, Rooney says playing well for Everton will give England manager Gareth Southgate “a decision to make about whether he puts me back in the squad. Hopefully . he won’t be able to ignore…

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