I’m not moving to a retirement home – Rooney

Rooney and manager Ronald Koeman addressed the media at Goodison Park

Rooney and manager Ronald Koeman addressed the media at Goodison Park

Wayne Rooney says he is not “coming into a retirement home” by rejoining Everton, and believes he can force his way back into the England squad.

The 31-year-old striker, re-signed on a free transfer, started 15 league games for Manchester United last season.

He was not in the England squad for matches against France and Scotland.

Rooney said he was “not focused” on England, but added: “Hopefully the performances are good for Everton and they won’t be able to ignore me.”

England’s record goalscorer has not played international football since November but feels he can give Southgate “a decision to make” by playing well.

“I think I always play like I’ve got a point to prove,” he said, at his first news conference since returning to Goodison Park. “I’m ready to play and want to win.

“I am excited and I’m looking at a challenge. I think it’s the right time in my career and I’m ready for it.”

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