Rooney rejected Scotland offer, reveals Vogts

Former Scotland manager Bertie Vogts has revealed England striker Wayne Rooney turned down the chance to play for Scotland as a 16-year-old, BBC Sport has reported.

Vogts revealed that the Scottish Football Association got in touch with Rooney’s grandmother in order to get information regarding the possibility of the striker playing for Scotland.

The German managed Scotland between 2002 and 2004 and explained: “I spoke to him – a young lad of 16 years of age. I said to him ‘you can play for Scotland’. You have to speak to the player but he told me ‘I’m sorry boss, I’m English’.

Vogts, 66, travelled to Merseyside to speak to Rooney as a teenager, who was then playing under David Moyes for Everton. “The Scottish Football Association found the grandmother and I made the call,” recalled Vogts. Describing Rooney’s reaction, the German coach beat his chest theatrically and said: “(Rooney told me) ‘I am English, I am English!’ OK, sorry.

Vogts is now manager of Azerbaijan, who are currently ranked 107th in the FIFA World ranking system. Under Vogts, Azerbaijan have played 52 matches, winning 12, drawing 16 and losing 24, giving the manager a win percentage of 23.08%.

Vogts took a different opinion to Jack Wilshere on the debate regarding Adnan Januzaj, who said only English people should play for England. Vogts, who won the World Cup as a player with Germany in 1974, is for the FIFA ruling. “It’s a Fifa rule. We have to accept it. It is not only in Great Britain but also here in Azerbaijan,” he said

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