England captain Wayne Rooney has insisted he has no plans to quit international football following England’s embarrassing defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016.
Coach Roy Hodgson and his entire backroom staff resigned in the immediate aftermath of England’s 2-1 loss and exit at the hands of minnows Iceland, but Rooney said he intends to stay on.
Despite scoring an early penalty to hand his side the lead, Rooney gave one of his worst performances in an England shirt as the Three Lions were humiliated in Nice.
Yet, 30-year-old Rooney said he intends to be available for England’s next match, a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on September 4.
“It’s disappointing tonight, but I enjoy and am proud playing for England,” Rooney told reporters. “I’ll be interested to see who the next manager is. If selected, I’ll certainly be there.”
Rooney went on to express his disappointment at Hodgson’s resignation, saying that the team had let the England coach down.
“We can’t forget he’s brought a lot of young players through and I think the future’s bright for England,” said Rooney.
“Unfortunately it hasn’t happened in this tournament but hopefully, in the future, there’s good things to come and although it’s difficult to say and see that now, I think Roy has been good to the players and I’ll be thanking him,” he added.