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England return not out of question for Wayne Rooney, says England manager Gareth Southgate Featured

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 10:52

England manager Gareth Southgate says he has not ruled out a return to the side for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

All-time leading goalscorer Rooney has only started 15 league games for his club this season and was not included in the previous squad in March because of injury.

And Southgate revealed that he did not speak to the 31-year-old, who has been linked with a move to China in the summer, before announcing his squad.
"There are only so many times you can speak about the situation," said Southgate.

However, the former Aston Villa defender insisted that Rooney could still return to the squad, adding his international career 'doesn't have to be over'.

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