Updated: Monday, 20th January 2020 @ 2:08pm

'I want to play all games': Manchester United's Wayne Rooney greedy for starring role in England friendly

'I want to play all games': Manchester United's Wayne Rooney greedy for starring role in England friendly

By Paddy von Behr

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is desperate to play for England against Sweden next month, despite the tie only being a friendly.

Rooney captained his country against San Marino in Steven Gerrard’s absence and scored in the re-arranged 1-1 draw with Poland on Wednesday, despite a sub-par performance.

The 26-year-old is keen to find top form with his club and take this into next month’s friendly with Sweden, who produced a dramatic comeback in Germany on Tuesday night – fighting back from 4-0 down to snatch a draw.

Rooney said: "You want to play. I want to play all the games if possible and hopefully I can stay in good form for Manchester United and the manager will pick me."

The friendly – in Stockholm on November 14 – falls between two Premier League games, but the striker isn’t concerned by the possibility of burnout.

He said: "We have done it for so many years, playing Saturday-Wednesday, Saturday-Tuesday at club level.

“A game for your country is not something you don't want to do."

The immediate focus for United is tomorrow’s visit of Stoke – traditionally a difficult side to break down.

Nani told the club’s official website: "It is always hard to play against Stoke because they play a different kind of football to most teams in the Premier League.

“They are very physical and have very strong players.

"It is also difficult because most of the game is in the air. We need to be strong and try to play our game.”

But following a two-week break, and a convincing away win against Newcastle in their last league encounter, United will be raring to steer their home form back on track after Tottenham’s slaughtering.

"We are playing at home and we have to believe we can win the three points,” Nani added.

“It is very important because when you play at home, you have a good chance to win these games."

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