Rooney in extra England training

England striker Wayne Rooney has voluntarily taken part in extra training to improve his chances of keeping his place in the side for the Three Lions’ next World Cup game, ESPN has reported.

Rooney worked out with the players who didn’t feature in the 2-1 defeat to Italy and explained on his official Facebook page why he has gone to such measures. “I said from the start I want to do everything I can to make sure I’m ready for these World Cup games and as part of that I was doing extra training a week before the squad joined up,” he said.

“That’s exactly what I did yesterday, my own extra training because that’s what I wanted to do,” the Manchester United forward added.

Rooney played on the left wing in the defeat to the Azzurri, creating Daniel Sturridge’s goal and questions have been asked over his role in the side, ESPN add.

England assistant coach Gary Neville has stressed Rooney remains key to the team’s plans, however. “He is our top goal scorer under Roy [Hodgson], he is our main assist man and probably but for a yard he would have been man of the match if he had scored that goal [against Italy],” Neville said.

Rooney made his England debut in 2003, against Australia in a friendly at Upton Park, and has gone on to score 39 goals in 93 games, but he has never scored in the World Cup.

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