Wayne Rooney has admitted it was a mistake to travel to Las Vegas before England’s Euro 2012 campaign and says he is not currently thinking about international retirement.
The Manchester United striker drew level on 49 goals with Sir Bobby Charlton at the top of England’s all-time scoring charts in their 6-0 demolition of San Marino, and the skipper has revealed he has learned from his previous mistakes and has insisted he will get his preparation right for Euro 2016.
“I went on holiday, which I regret,” Rooney said. “I thought it was no problem and now I know I shouldn’t have done it.
“Flying so far it takes a while to get over the jet-lag. Maybe not having a long break between the season finishing is probably the best thing.
“The senior lads will sit down with the manager and the staff organising the tournament to work out what we can do better.
“I’ll certainly get my part right this time.”
When asked about his England future, the 29-year-old does retain hope of wearing the Three Lions shirt at the 2018 World Cup but was quick to turn attention back to Tuesday’s game against Switzerland.
“Saturday was my 106th cap and 49th goal but, as much as I love playing for England and scoring goals, there would be nothing better than being successful with England,” Rooney added. “That’s all any player wants to do. I’m sure the other lads are no different.
“Winning something with your country is the ultimate goal and, if I don’t, I’ll be disappointed. Hopefully the young players in the future can but it’s the ultimate goal for me and that’s what I want to do – be successful with England.
“I hope France is not my last tournament. I still feel fine and I think I can go on to Russia and then see how I feel. But that’s not something I’m thinking about now.
“Everything has been geared towards Switzerland for a while. We knew we were going to beat San Marino, so we’ll be ready for Tuesday’s match.”
Rooney is 5/4 to score against the Swiss and become England’s outright top goalscorer of all-time. He can also be backed at 19/5 to score first and is 18/1 to mark what could be a historic appearance with a hat-trick at Wembley.