Rooney denies international retirement after England fiasco


English striker Wayne Rooney has dismissed the notion that he is thinking about taking retirement from the game after his team, England, were knocked out of the Euro 2016 by Iceland last night by a margin of 2-1 despite the fact that the team went ahead through a Rooney penalty in the fourth minute.

Rooney said , after the game, that he is extremely disappointed to have missed another opportunity of winning the Euro 2016 as this time they had a pretty good chance of securing the title.

“I feel disappointed, gutted, it’s a hard one to take. We had a good chance of going through and after such a good start, conceding two sloppy goals, we’re disappointed,” Rooney said after the final whistle.

English coach Roy Hodgson resigned after his side lost in the round of 16 and Rooney appreciated the efforts he had put in and he admitted that the players learned a lot from him in the time they spent with Roy.

“He told us after the game, he went round all the players and as a group of players we appreciate what he’s done, he gave a lot of these players their debut and you can’t forget that.

“I think it’s hard to see it now but the future is bright, going back to tonight it’s a tough one to take, it’ll take a bit of time for sure but we’ll have to try and dust ourselves off as quick as we can and move on.” said Rooney.

Rooney, aged 30, made it clear that he wants to continue playing and is looking forward to working under a new manager.

“I said before the tournament I’m proud to play for England, I’m interested and excited to see who the next manager is and if selected I’m available to play.”

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