England captain Wayne Rooney has insisted that he has no desire of retiring from international football.
The 30-year-old has been facing harsh criticism from the media and fans alike after a string of poor performances for both club and country.
England interim boss Gareth Southgate has already dropped Rooney, both captain and all-time leading scorer for the three lions from the match against Slovenia.
Rooney was booed at the Wembley in England’s 2-0 win over Malta.
However, Rooney believes he still has a lot to offer and that he is in the phase to reinvent himself like Ryan Giggs did when he was 30.
“It is something which I have to go through,” said Rooney, who has only scored one goal in 12 appearances for United and England this season. “I am big enough to deal with it.
“I believe I can come back from this. I am 30 years of age. I am not 35 or 36 where you are thinking: ‘Can you get back from it?’ I will keep working and I have said before that I will not stop playing for England and start going to Dubai for a few days in the international break.
“After the summer it would have been easy for me to walk away and say: ‘That’s it, I’ve had enough,’ but that’s not me. I feel I have a lot to offer and I’ve made that clear [to Southgate], certainly until the World Cup in Russia. That’s what I want. I’m not suddenly going to turn round and say: ‘I’m not playing, I’m not going to turn up.’ I will turn up when called upon and be ready.
“Ryan Giggs at 30 wasn’t the same player he was at 18 and he played until he was 40. There’s lots of examples out there you can use – players re-evaluate and work out the best way to move forwards. I’m sure that will happen with me. I am not naive in terms of thinking that I am still a 20-year-old. I understand that. My game is different to that of a 20-year-old, but I also think I have qualities that can help move this team forward.
“I’m not denying it’s a difficult moment but I have to show the right attitude, try to be positive and make sure I am supportive of my team-mates.”