I’m not moving to a retirement home – Says Rooney

Wayne Rooney says he is not “moving 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 manager Gareth Southgate “a decision to make” by playing well.

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“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.

“It’s all right saying we are here to win trophies, and of course we want to. But it’s on us as a football club to do that. That’s why we have to make sure we do that.”

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