Wayne Rooney has admitted he has to fight for his England future revealed he can’t take his “England place for granted” with Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy staking their claim.
But he has already been usurped in the Rooney home, with his boy Kai asking for an England shirt with “Vardy” on the back!
Rooney has insisted he is not finished yet in an England shirt and is desperate to “contribute and score goals” in France in the summer.
The veteran’s place has been the subject of huge debate in the past few days after England beat Germany with a fresh band of youngsters.
On the mounting challenge he faces to stay as England’s talisman he warned against throwing too many inexperienced stars into tournament action.
Rooney said: “As I have said throughout my career at Man United and England I never take my place for granted.
“Obviously you want to play, and it is great that competition is there. The quality we have got, it is exciting to be part of it.
“I can’t wait to get fit and be back out there with the lads. It is something I enjoy doing and I want to keep doing and I want to keep going and get ready.”
“It excited me. First of all I want England to be successful and win trophies, My lad has asked me to get him and England kit with Vardy on the back! Naijabet.com
“Obviously it is great that I can be a part of that and it is an opportunity for us to do really well this summer and obviously the decision is down to Roy Hodgson but I want to be there and be involved and help and lead this team to being successful.”
Rooney says boss Hodgson can play “four teams” such is the quality England have at present.
he said: “As I said before it is exciting. As I said in the previous tournament if everyone is fit, more of less the team is set. Now no-one knows what is going to happen.
“The manager can play three of four teams, different formations because we have that quality.
“For the country is is going to be an exciting tournament and something I am looking forward to and hopefully contributing goals for the team.”
With the kids like Kane, Vardy and Dele Alli staking their claims, Rooney insisted the England squad needs a balance of older characters who know how it feels to try and fail under tournament pressure.
Rooney said: “You need to be a bit careful. There are so many of them who have not been to a tournament. You can get away with one player like that.
“With a lot of young players in the squad it is important that the likes of me and Joe Hart, Gary Cahill can give advice and help them feel more comfortable on the pitch.
Hopefully I can lead us and we can be successful.”
Asked about Vardy’s incredible season for Leicester City and now England Rooney said: “The impact he has had on the Premier League and now for England is great for English football and hopefully he can continue that and score goals.”
Rooney is currently battling back to fitness at Old Trafford.
He added: “I am back outside running now and I hope to be out training in a week ten days, if everything goes to plan. So not too far away.”
Holland hit back after going behind to Vardy’s first-half strike to send England to their first Wembley defeat since losing 1-0 to Germany in November 2013.
Vincent Janssen levelled from the spot for the Dutch before sub Luciano Narsingh tapped in a controversial 77th minute winner which was allowed to stand despite a foul on Phil Jagielka in the build-up.
Hodgson’s was fuming with the decisions for both Holland goals.
He added: “I’m bitterly disappointed having lost a home game at Wembley in front of 82,000 after such a good performance on Saturday. It is a low after a high.
“But we’ve got plenty of games to get our momentum back before France and learn lessons from this defeat.”