Wayne Rooney: Everton striker’s focus is on club rather than country

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Wayne Rooney: Everton striker’s focus is on club rather than country

Striker Wayne Rooney says he is “focusing on Everton” rather than an international recall after scoring his 200th Premier League goal.

Rooney, 31, netted the opener in Monday’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City – his second goal in two league games.

England manager Gareth Southgate overlooked him for matches against Scotland and Spain in June.

Rooney said: “I’m sure I’ll speak to Gareth Southgate over the next few days. We’ll see what happens.”

Southgate is due to name a squad on Thursday for the World Cup qualifiers in Malta on 1 September, and home to Slovakia three days later.

Former England captain Rooney is the leading all-time scorer for both his country – with 53 – and Manchester United, for whom he scored 253 times in 13 years.

Having rejoined Everton this summer, Rooney has scored in the team’s opening two Premier League games – against Stoke and Manchester City.

Finding the net at Etihad Stadium made him only the second player after Alan Shearer to score 200 Premier League goals.

Rooney, who celebrated by cupping his ears in front of the home supporters, told Sky Sports: “It was nice.

“To do it today in such an important game for us, with tough games coming up, it was a sweet moment and I am sure the red half of Manchester will have enjoyed it as well.”