England legend Sir Geoff Hurst believes Gareth Southgate should not recall Wayne Rooney

WORLD CUP hero Sir Geoff Hurst has told Gareth Southgate NOT to recall Wayne Rooney.

Posted Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by Dailystar.co.uk

England legend Sir Geoff Hurst believes Gareth Southgate should not recall Wayne Rooney

Geoff Hurst does not believe England boss Gareth Southgate should recall Wayne Rooney

The England boss watched the Everton striker continue his impressive start to the season with a goal against Manchester City on Monday night.

That made it two in two games this season for the 31-year-old, who looks to have had a new lease of life since his summer switch from Manchester United.

Southgate names his squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Lithuania tomorrow.
But Hurst has told him to forget about Rooney.

"He has made some bold decisions and I think the bold one he can make is, to say it's the end of Wayne Rooney's international career," Hurst said.

"He has been an absolutely fantastic player. At club level he wasn't playing regularly for Manchester United last season, and if you are not playing regularly at club level you certainly should not represent England.

"I wouldn't necessary call it a bold decision to not play Wayne Rooney any more, but if I were in charge of the national team I would call Wayne up and say, 'thanks very much'.

"He has been a fantastic player, one of the greatest players in this country but, and I have been there as a striker, you lose a bit of sharpness and I think his time playing for England is over."

But Goodison skipper Phil Jagielka believes his new team-mate is back in the international mix.

"Last season, Wayne was not given the chance to play as much as he would have liked, and now he is concentrating on his football at Everton," he said.

"If England come knocking, obviously he is younger than me and he has more goals to go for, so I am sure he will be happy.

'If not, we would be delighted that he gets a rest and is ready to go for us.

"He looks as good as ever now, as hungry as ever and we hope that is a good sign for us.

"Wayne looks fit and sharp, and scores goals, so there is not much more that we will be looking for him to do."

The 31-year-old hasn't played for his country since last November against Scotland after struggling to break into the side during his final season at Old Trafford.

Southgate has left him out of his last two squads and may still be wary of reigniting the captaincy debate if he picks him again.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has worn the armband for the last two games.

Asked about his England chances after Monday's game Rooney said: "We'll see.

"I am sure I will speak to Gareth Southgate over the next few days and we'll have a conversation and see what happens."

But thinking ahead to next summer's World Cup McDonald's director of football Hurst added: "He (Rooney) has to be playing over a long period of time to be successful and selected.

"If he does it for half a season, where he's scoring goals and playing well, then maybe he could argue his case but him coming back into the squad might then be a distraction, particularly if they have done well."



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