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Rooney Turned Down Scotland

  • BBC Sport, Friday, October 11, 2013 3:23 PM

Former Germany coach Berti Vogts revealed that he approached Wayne Rooney to play for Scotland when he was a 16-year-old still playing for Everton. Rooney would have qualified through his grandmother who is Scottish.

"I spoke to him -- a young lad of 16 years of age. I said to him 'you can play for Scotland'," explained Vogts, who is now in charge of Azerbaijan. "You have to speak to the player but he told me 'I'm sorry boss, I'm English.'"

Rooney, 27, made his England debut in February 2003, aged 17, and has scored 36 goals in 84 international appearances.

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