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Rooney is set to quit United as he's left out in cold by England


By Simon Peach

Wayne Rooney appears to be facing the end of his time with England and Manchester United, having "more or less" decided his future at Old Trafford and been exiled from Gareth Southgate's latest squad.

The 31-year-old is the record goalscorer for club and country but his status has been declining at a rapid rate over the past year and the end could be in sight on both fronts.

With the season now over, Rooney has to decide whether he is comfortable with his role at United.

"I don't know," the United skipper said when asked if he would still be at the club next term. "I've got decisions to make over the next few weeks, have a word with my family, and then I'll decide. I just have to make a decision in terms of a football decision.

"I'll do that the next few weeks with my family while I'm away and as soon as I know what's going on then I'm sure you (will know)."

Rooney said "there's lots of offers on the table, both in England and abroad" but ruled out playing for any Premier League sides other than United or boyhood club Everton.

Pushed on whether he had decided what to do, he said with a smile: "More or less, yeah."

And Rooney does not feel the need to speak to United boss Jose Mourinho before rubber-stamping his decision as "the manager said before he wants me to stay".

Quick to reiterate that he has "never once sulked" or dropped his head, the lack of football grates on a player who believes he has "qualities that can help the team".

"Of course you want to play," Rooney said. "You want to be on the pitch, of course. I understand what's right and what's needed for the club, and I respect that."

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