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Wayne Rooney: England return for striker would not be a surprise - Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren was England manager from May 2006 to November 2007Former England boss Steve McClaren says he would not be surprised if Wayne Rooney plays for the national team at the World Cup in Russia next summer.

"In this game you have ups and downs, but now he has a new start at Everton and as far as I'm concerned he still has a lot to contribute for England."

He has made a positive start to life back on Merseyside, scoring twice in two Premier League games - the second, at Manchester City, his 200th top-flight goal.

Watch: Rooney's England tournament goalsRooney made his England debut in February 2003, in a 3-1 defeat by Australia at Upton Park, and his last international appearance was as captain in last November's 3-0 victory over Scotland at Wembley.

He was overlooked by Southgate for matches against Scotland and France in June but offered a recall for next month's World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia.


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