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Wayne Rooney left out of England squad to face Scotland and France

• Manchester United player may have played last game for national team
• Butland confirmed back in the fold after starting Stoke’s final five games

Wayne Rooney may have played his last game for England after Gareth Southgate left the national team’s all-time leading scorer out of the squad to play Scotland and France.

Rooney’s future at Manchester United has been the subject of intense speculation after his lack of appearances under José Mourinho this season and his omission this time could effectively signal the end of an international career that has brought 53 goals and 119 caps. He has not featured for Southgate’s side since the win over Scotland at Wembley in November.

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Wayne Rooney left out of England squad to face Scotland and France

• Manchester United player may have played last game for national team
• Butland confirmed back in the fold after starting Stoke’s final five games

Wayne Rooney may have played his last game for England after Gareth Southgate left the national team’s all-time leading scorer out of the squad to play Scotland and France.

Rooney’s future at Manchester United has been the subject of intense speculation after his lack of appearances under José Mourinho this season and his omission this time could effectively signal the end of an international career that has brought 53 goals and 119 caps. He has not featured for Southgate’s side since the win over Scotland at Wembley in November.

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Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney may miss out on Old Trafford send-off

• Wayne Rooney could leave Manchester United without home farewell
• Paul Pogba to feature in youthful team against Crystal Palace

Wayne Rooney may have no Old Trafford send-off to his 13-year Manchester United career after José Mourinho stated the captain will probably not feature in Sunday’s final home game against Crystal Palace.

Rooney’s future at the club is in doubt as the 31-year-old may depart in the summer. If so United’s record goal-scorer and longest serving player, having joined in August 2004, would end a stellar period at the club with no chance of saying goodbye to the home crowd.

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Rooney indicates his Man Utd career may end in summer – video

Wayne Rooney gives the clearest indication yet that his 13-year career at Manchester United may end this summer. Speaking to media on Wednesday, Rooney says he still hasn’t given up on potentially staying at Old Trafford. It has been widely speculated the 31-year-old could leave the club at the end of the season having fallen out of the starting line-up for the first time since he joined United

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Wayne Rooney hints he may have to leave Manchester United in summer

• Former England captain admits lack of first-team football may force move
• Mourinho: focusing on Celta Vigo Europa League semi-final ‘not a gamble’

Wayne Rooney has given the clearest indication yet that his 13-year career at Manchester United will end this summer, with the striker admitting he has to leave Old Trafford to play more.

Rooney has lost his first-choice status this season and has also struggled to make the match-day squads selected by the manager, José Mourinho.

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Wayne Rooney hints he may have to leave Manchester United in summer

• Former England captain admits lack of first-team football may force move
• Mourinho: focusing on Celta Vigo Europa League semi-final ‘not a gamble’

Wayne Rooney has given the clearest indication yet that his 13-year career at Manchester United will end this summer, with the striker admitting he has to leave Old Trafford to play more.

Rooney has lost his first-choice status this season and has also struggled to make the match-day squads selected by the manager, José Mourinho.

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Wayne Rooney may play in midfield for Manchester United against Swansea

• Mourinho says injuries and suspension may force reshuffle
• ‘We have Herrera and Carrick and nothing else’

José Mourinho has admitted Wayne Rooney may have to play in midfield against Swansea City because of Marouane Fellaini’s suspension for headbutting Sergio Agüero in the Manchester derby and Paul Pogba’s continuing absence through injury.

Fellaini was issued a straight red card by Martin Atkinson on 84 minutes at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City and Manchester United shared a goalless draw. It means he will miss three domestic matches, so in addition to Swansea’s visit on Sunday, he is unavailable for the trips to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

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Wayne Rooney at risk of going out at Old Trafford with a whimper | Daniel Taylor

Manchester United’s record scorer most likely has 10 games left, at most, for the club he signed for in 2004 and his chances of a fitting finale look slim

In the middle of the pitch, under the lights of the Bernabéu, one man could be seen going through his victory poses. Cristiano Ronaldo has choreographed these routines over the years. He kept his top on this time, maybe reserving that particular treat for the final, but you are probably familiar with the rest of the act. Ronaldo pointed at his chest. He nodded with appreciation at his own night’s work and it was the look of self‑adoration you might remember from the Fonz after a particularly impressive chat-up line to one of the girls from Happy Days.

A couple of nights later, it was midway through the second half at Old Trafford when Wayne Rooney, Ronaldo’s old colleague, started going through his warm-up on the side of the pitch. Manchester United were finding it difficult to shake off Anderlecht in their Europa League quarter-final and Zlatan Ibrahimovic had rarely looked so disorientated. Yet when the crowd called for a change it was another substitute, Ander Herrera, they serenaded rather than Rooney. A few moments later, they sang the Spaniard’s name for a second time. Rooney returned to the dugout and never had to remove his tracksuit top even when Ibrahimovic went down with the injury, ruptured knee ligaments, that footballers fear the most.

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Wayne Rooney at risk of going out at Old Trafford with a whimper | Daniel Taylor

Manchester United’s record scorer most likely has 10 games left, at most, for the club he signed for in 2004 and his chances of a fitting finale look slim

In the middle of the pitch, under the lights of the Bernabéu, one man could be seen going through his victory poses. Cristiano Ronaldo has choreographed these routines over the years. He kept his top on this time, maybe reserving that particular treat for the final, but you are probably familiar with the rest of the act. Ronaldo pointed at his chest. He nodded with appreciation at his own night’s work and it was the look of self‑adoration you might remember from the Fonz after a particularly impressive chat-up line to one of the girls from Happy Days.

A couple of nights later, it was midway through the second half at Old Trafford when Wayne Rooney, Ronaldo’s old colleague, started going through his warm-up on the side of the pitch. Manchester United were finding it difficult to shake off Anderlecht in their Europa League quarter-final and Zlatan Ibrahimovic had rarely looked so disorientated. Yet when the crowd called for a change it was another substitute, Ander Herrera, they serenaded rather than Rooney. A few moments later, they sang the Spaniard’s name for a second time. Rooney returned to the dugout and never had to remove his tracksuit top even when Ibrahimovic went down with the injury, ruptured knee ligaments, that footballers fear the most.

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Manchester United’s Mourinho looks beyond Anderlecht to Europa League final

• Mourinho’s side to play second leg of quarter-final on Thursday
• ‘It will be the perfect finale for Manchester United’, says Mourinho of final

There is one possibility, floated in the presence of José Mourinho on Wednesday, that would mean a bittersweet subplot for Manchester United should their status as the only English team left in European competition stretch all the way to the final of the Europa League.

What better way, after all, for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to choreograph his own farewell than a European final at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, the stadium where a statue of the Swede is being erected? “For Zlatan it would be fantastic to play the final in Stockholm, in his country,” Mourinho agreed. “It would be beautiful.”

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José Mourinho confirms Rooney will miss Anderlecht clash – video

José Mourinho, the Manchester United manager, speaks on Wednesday ahead of his team’s clash against RSC Anderlecht on Thursday at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium. Mourinho confirmed that forward Wayne Rooney will not play the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht, adding that the Reds’ will need their best game against the Belgian side

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Paul Pogba defends his Manchester United form and says ‘forget the fee’

• Frenchman has no problem with Ferdinand criticism
• ‘We are going to fight for the top four. I’m focused’

Paul Pogba has rejected claims he should score more for Manchester United as unfair because he is not an attacker. The midfielder also responded to Rio Ferdinand’s criticism of his social media activity by saying times have changed since the former captain’s playing days.

Pogba has scored seven times in 43 appearances for United since joining in the summer for £92.5m from Juventus. He has hit the post on eight occasions and pointed to this when asked about his goal return. “It’s true that I’ve had a lot of chances,” he said. “It’s football. Once it goes in and once it doesn’t. We keep trying and training hard to make it happen.”

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Germany 1-0 England: five talking points from the friendly in Dortmund | Jamie Jackson

Gareth Southgate’s world is brave and bright; Jake Livermore and Michael Keane show promise in Dortmund, and Wayne who?

“We have to think differently and work differently. I’m trying to open their eyes to what we believe is possible.” So said the manager on taking charge for the first time as the permanent incumbent and so he proceeded to oversee a bright and original-feeling England performance. This featured fluid movement, a high press when possible, and a defiance that even after Germany scored on 69 minutes allowed them to keep on playing in this fashion. Too much can be made of fresh dawns when it comes to Three Lions football, of course. But what Gareth Southgate has over his predecessor, Roy Hodgson, is a thinker’s approach and the courage to make brave choices. This suggests that should England fail (again) they will at least do it the right way.

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Germany 1-0 England: five talking points from the friendly in Dortmund | Jamie Jackson

Gareth Southgate’s world is brave and bright; Jake Livermore and Michael Keane show promise in Dortmund, and Wayne who?

“We have to think differently and work differently. I’m trying to open their eyes to what we believe is possible.” So said the manager on taking charge for the first time as the permanent incumbent and so he proceeded to oversee a bright and original-feeling England performance. This featured fluid movement, a high press when possible, and a defiance that even after Germany scored on 69 minutes allowed them to keep on playing in this fashion. Too much can be made of fresh dawns when it comes to Three Lions football, of course. But what Gareth Southgate has over his predecessor, Roy Hodgson, is a thinker’s approach and the courage to make brave choices. This suggests that should England fail (again) they will at least do it the right way.

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England given powerful message by Gareth Southgate, says James Ward-Prowse

• Wayne Rooney misses presentation outlining manager’s international vision
• ‘He spoke about missing penalty at Euros and being young Palace captain’

England’s ambition to become the best in the world was laid out in a powerful presentation by Gareth Southgate but Wayne Rooney was not there to hear it.

Related: Where will the goals come from in Gareth Southgate’s England? | Jacob Steinberg

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England given powerful message by Gareth Southgate, says James Ward-Prowse

• Wayne Rooney misses presentation outlining manager’s international vision
• ‘He spoke about missing penalty at Euros and being young Palace captain’

England’s ambition to become the best in the world was laid out in a powerful presentation by Gareth Southgate but Wayne Rooney was not there to hear it.

Related: Where will the goals come from in Gareth Southgate’s England? | Jacob Steinberg

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Wayne Rooney loses his England place and with it the captaincy

• Manchester United man declares fitness but Southgate still omits him
• Defoe, Ward-Prowse, Redmond and Livermore all included

Wayne Rooney’s international career appears to be drawing to its close after it emerged he had been left out of England’s latest squad despite declaring himself fit and he is no longer seen by Gareth Southgate as the team captain.

Rooney has been omitted from England’s 26-man party for the friendly in Germany on Wednesday, followed by the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania four days later, despite telling Southgate that he is available to play for Manchester United at Middlesbrough on Sunday.

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Wayne Rooney would be welcome back at Everton, says Ronald Koeman

• Manchester United’s record goalscorer linked with return to Goodison
• ‘Rooney would make us stronger’ says Everton manager Koeman

The Everton manager, Ronald Koeman, has opened the door for Wayne Rooney to return to Goodison Park.

Manchester United’s record goalscorer has been linked with a move back to his boyhood club, having struggled to hold down a regular place under José Mourinho.

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How Manchester United became the Zlatan Ibrahimovic show | Paul Wilson

N’Golo Kanté’s impact at Chelsea has been phenomenal but he has not carried his team in the way the brilliant Swede has carried José Mourinho’s United

If all the friends of Wayne Rooney quoted anonymously in the media are to be believed, the striker has not been making much of a secret of the fact that he is unhappy with his present position in the pecking order at Manchester United. It is not difficult to see why. While losing one’s place in the starting line-up is an occupational hazard for a goalscorer in his 30s, it must be galling to lose it to a player who is four years his senior.

Yet Rooney can have no real complaint. José Mourinho kept him on as captain and retained him in the side long enough for Rooney to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s club scoring record. The fact it took him so long – he began the season on 245 goals and is now still on 250 – tells its own story. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 24 goals in the same time.

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Wayne Rooney confirms he will stay at Manchester United

• Rooney releases statement to commit his future to Old Trafford
• ‘I want to end recent speculation and say that I am staying at Man United’

Wayne Rooney has ended speculation over his immediate future by confirming he will not be leaving Manchester United, despite admitting he has received offers to depart Old Trafford this month.

Rooney has been linked with a move to China, with his agent, Paul Stretford, understood to have been in China this week speaking to interested clubs. But the United and England captain confirmed in a statement on Thursday that he is not interested in moving with United still involved in the FA Cup and Europa League.

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