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Wayne Rooney: ‘We want to put Euro 2016 disappointment behind us’


England captain Wayne Rooney has insisted England want to banish the ill feeling towards the Three Lions after their Euro 2016 disappointment when they return to action tomorrow.

Slovakia provide the first opponents for Sam Allardyce in his first game as England manager in Trnava as the 2018 World Cup qualifiers get underway.

England had a horrendous Euro 2016 finals this summer, culminating in the 2-1 defeat to Iceland.

Rooney, who will earn his 116th cap on Sunday, breaking the outfield appearances record he currently holds with David Beckham, says it’s time for England to put their lamentable time in France behind them.

The last game for us was Iceland and it ended in great disappointment, so it’s important to get back out there,’ said Rooney. ‘After the [2014] World Cup, the first game back against Switzerland gave us a huge amount of confidence to go through the [Euro] qualification campaign unbeaten and into the tournament.

‘It’s a chance to do that again, to look forward rather than back. The players are looking forward. We’re a close group. We talk to each other every day. Since we’ve met up, it’s been about the game rather than looking back. You can always look back and wonder what might have been if we’d done things differently, but it’s not going to change. We have to look forward.’


By Steve Osborne                 @BlizzardSteve75


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