2018 World Cup England squad named by Sam Allardyce

Wayne Rooney, captain England National Team

England captain Wayne Rooney says the debate over his role in the team has been an "overreaction" after  Rooney, won his 116th cap, playing a deep midfield role in Sunday's 1-0 win against Slovakia, with new England Sam Allardyce in charge.

"I played in that role and helped us win the game - too much is getting made about it," said the Manchester United captain Rooney after the match. "I've done it my whole career and suddenly it's big news. It's not a big thing and I think there's a big overreaction to it."

England's record goalscorer  played his position well in the World Cup qualifier in Trnava saying that he will retire after the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

"I'm playing on the pitch for England. I'm captain of the team and I feel I can do a very good job in the role. I am happy where I'm playing."


Wayne Rooney will continue as England captain as Sam Allardyce names his 23 man squad for World Cup 2018

England record goals scorer and superstar striker for Manchester United Wayne Rooney confirmed on Monday that he will retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Rooney led his country since August 2014 and is England's record goalscorer having netted 53 goals in 115 international appearances.

Rooney is currently preparing with his England side for Sunday's opening 2018 World Cup qualifier in Slovakia.

"Realistically I know myself that Russia will be my last opportunity to do anything with England. Hopefully I can end my time with England on a high,” said Rooney. "I said before the Euros I enjoyed playing in this team, and that's the case still. There were some questions about whether I should stop playing, but I am looking forward to getting back on the pitch."

"I made my mind up before the Euros, whether we did well or not, that I was going to continue. I've had nothing to think about since then,” added Rooney. "My mind is made up. Russia will be my last tournament."

England National Team chosen for 2018 World Cup Qualifiers

Newly appointed England manager Big Sam Allardyce has named his first 23 man side for the upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers match against Slovakia in Trnava on September 4th.

Thirty-year-old Wayne Rooney is England's all-time record goal scorer, set to become his country's most-capped outfield player after being named as a mid-fielder in Allardyce's squad for the World Cup qualifier in Slovakia. Manchester United captain Roo has captained his country since the 2014 World Cup.

Following his squad announcement on Sunday night, Big Sam discussed his 23-man selection on Monday morning. The incumbent England boss discussed his choices and fielded questions from the media regarding a number of key selection decisions.  Allardyce talked about his selection of uncapped Michail Antonio, along with his listing of Man United superstar Wayne Rooney as a midfielder, while also explaining his omission of Mark Noble and Ross Barkley.

Allardyce has yet to make the final decision as to whether Rooney will compete as a midfielder or forward.

After taking over from Roy Hodgson following England’s poor showing in Euro 2016, Allardyce confirmed on Monday that Rooney officially would keep the England captain’s armband. Rooney was deployed by Hodgson as a midfielder at Euro 2016, where England were sent packing by minnows Iceland.

Allardyce still considers Rooney as an attacking player, however former Everton striker Rooney insists he is happy playing anywhere for his England.

"It's the manager's decision," added Rooney. "We haven't spoken about that, in the next few days we'll speak about it more, whether it's as a midfielder or attacker. It's only a day we've been together, but you can see he's a relaxed guy, and since we've been here the camp has been good. It's just a matter of getting on the training pitch. I'm looking forward to getting back on the pitch. We have bad memories from the last game obviously. We have to put it behind us. It was disappointing the way we went out of the tournament, you can't forget it, but it's a new era for us, a new manager."

Thirty-year old Wayne Rooney announced on Monday that the 2018 World Cup will be his final tournament playing for England after the announcement that he was kept on as captain by new manager Sam Allardyce. 

England Squad (with Premier League Clubs)

Goalkeepers: Forster (Southampton), Hart (Man City), Heaton (Burnley)

Defenders: Cahill (Chelsea), Clyne (Liverpool), Jagielka (Everton), Rose (Tottenham), Shaw (Man Utd), Smalling (Man Utd), Stones (Man City), Walker (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Alli (Tottenham), Antonio (West Ham), Dier (Tottenham), Drinkwater (Leicester), Henderson (Liverpool), Lallana (Liverpool), Rooney (Man Utd), Sterling (Man City), Walcott (Arsenal)

Forwards: Kane (Tottenham), Sturridge (Liverpool), Vardy (Leicester)

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Uncapped West Ham mid-fielder Michail Antonio called-up for England squad

England manager explained his choice to call-up Michail Antonio to his first England side.

"The journey and quality he's given in every league he's played in. The impact he had last year and the start of this season, his attacking flair, his ability in final-third delivery and his goal record. I think that journey deserves to be in this squad, and for me to have a look at coming through. It shows that if you've got guts and determination and desire, it shows how much it means, replied Allardyce. “He goes forward and creates himself a career in the Premier League, and then ends up here in this squad. I'm looking forward to meeting him today and everybody for the first time.” 

Later on Monday morning Antonio talked about how he felt after being named to the England team for the first time.

“I got slightly emotional when I found out. It’s just one of those things that I’ve always dreamt of playing for England as a kid, so now for it to happen after I’ve worked my way from non-league to where I am now, I am just so happy,’ said West Ham’s Antonio. I didn’t think that it would happen this quick, but I always said to myself that if I could get into the Premier League and keep playing the way I do, hopefully I could get into the England squad. I turned down an approach from Jamaica in March.”