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Published: 08:55 | 28/6/16

Rooney vows to carry on


Wayne Rooney has no plans to retire from international football despite England's humiliating Euro 2016 defeat to Iceland.

England made a perfect start to their last-16 encounter when Rooney scored from the penalty spot in the fourth minute but their lead was to last just two minutes before Ragnar Sigurdsson netted.

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson handed Iceland the lead in the 18th minute and the smallest nation to ever reach the finals of a major tournament held on to claim a famous victory and send England crashing out of the tournament.

Shortly after the defeat Roy Hodgson announced his resignation but Rooney has made it clear he will not be following the manager out the door.

"Of course, I said before the tournament and I've been asked many times but I'm proud to play for England and I'll see who the next manager is and, if selected, I'm available to play," Rooney said when asked whether he intended to retire.

"It is hard to see it now but the future is bright. It will take a bit of time I'm sure but we have to try to dust it off as quick as we can and try to move on.

"It is a hard one to take, it is embarrassing. We know we are a better team.

"But you can't explain it by saying we could have done this or that. We tried to create chances, but unfortunately we couldn't win.

"Whoever the new manager is, it is the job for him to recognise and try to see where we need to improve."

England managed just one win in 11 major tournaments under Hodgson and Rooney admits it may take the younger players some time to recover from the disappointment.

"I think they just need to keep their heads down," he said. "It will hurt for a while of course, the players understand that. You have to bounce back, that is your job, but each player is different, some might take longer.

"That will be down to the clubs to look after them.

"It's been six tournaments we have gone out of. At the moment, I'm gutted, but I can't separate from the other times.

"We are all in it together and we all have to share that responsibility."

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