Everton striker Wayne Rooney keeping grounded


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Everton striker Wayne Rooney insists he will not be getting carried away ahead of the next England squad announcement on Thursday.

The former Manchester United star was handed the captain’s armband in 2014 by former boss Roy Hodgson but he has been out of the frame in recent months.

He last played for his country in November, during the 3-0 win over Scotland in the World Cup qualifying campaign, despite being England’s leading scorer with 53 goals.

After scoring on just eight occasions last season, Rooney was dropped by manager Gareth Southgate but the forward admits the duo will talk this week.

Rooney has enjoyed a superb start to his second spell at Everton after scoring two goals in as many matches and he insists he will not be getting carried away.

He told Sky Sports: “We’ll see, I’m focusing on Everton.

I’m sure I’ll speak to Gareth Southgate over the next few days – we’ll have a conversation and we’ll see what happens.”

Rooney scored his 200th Premier League goal in the 1-1 draw against Manchester City on Monday night and that may have been enough to get the nod from Southgate.

Southgate will name his latest squad ahead of two World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia, with the Three Lions currently top of Group 4.

Another six points next month will see them move closer to qualifying for the tournament in Russia and England are currently priced at odds of 21.00 to win the event in 2018.

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