London, April 4 (IANS) England captain and record goal-scorer Wayne Rooney has said he is confident that he has “a few years left” in his international football career, dismissing speculation that he could soon end his journey with his national side.
A blow to the knee has kept Rooney out of action, whether at Manchester United or England, since last February and the emergence of strikers such as Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy has led to questions over England head coach Roy Hodgson’s reliance on Rooney during Euro 2016 in France next summer, reports Efe.
In an interview with PFA’s 4 The Player magazine, Rooney on Monday said: “Over the past two years my form for England has been really good. I’ve scored a lot of goals.
“I’ll keep trying to, first and foremost, help the team be successful and if I can score the goals to help achieve that then that’ll be great,” he added.
“I’ve still got a few years left, I feel. I’m always just thinking about what comes next and making sure I’m at my best for the summer.”
Rooney, who will turn 31 in October, made his international debut at the age of 17 as a substitute against Australia in February 2003 and became the Three Lions’ youngest-ever scorer with a goal in a 2-1 win over Macedonia seven months later.
Last September, he surpassed Bobby Charlton’s long-standing goal scoring record of 49 goals for England against Switzerland and now has 51 goals in 109 international caps.
Additionally, Rooney is also closing in on Charlton’s all-time goal scoring record of 249 goals for the Red Devils and is currently their second-highest scorer with 244 goals, but might need to wait until next season to break it due to his injury.