Wayne Rooney has revealed that he is fearing for his place in the England team despite finally breaking the Three Lions’ goalscoring record against Switzerland this week, the Daily Star reports.
After bagging his 50th goal for his country on Tuesday night, Rooney is fearing for his spot in Roy Hodgson’s side because of upcoming young talent behind him.
Rooney finally surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton’s haul of 49 goals with a late penalty against the Swiss, but only after Harry Kane opened the scoring, whom he’d moved behind in order to break through the stubborn defence of the visitors.
And with the likes of Kane being backed up with Raheem Sterling, Theo Walcott and the injured Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge, Rooney has admitted that he can no longer count himself as an automatic starter.
“I just have to keep playing,” said Rooney.
“I understand there are a lot of young lads in this team and I don’t want to give my place up.
“I come and work harder every time and I want to make it hard for the manager to leave me out over the next couple of years.”
Asked if he truly feared for his place, Rooney added: “I think you have to.
“I train every day as if my place is on the line and I have always done that throughout my career.
“When you get older and have played a lot of games you become more aware of that.”
Rooney hasn’t found the back of the net in the Premier League for the past five months, and he only broke the goalscoring record with England thanks to two penalties against San Marino and Switzerland.
But he will be hoping to end that drought against rivals Liverpool this weekend.
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