By Aramide Oladipo

Everton striker Wayne Rooney is in contention for a recall to the England national team, according to a report.

The Times claims that England manager Gareth Southgate is seriously considering restoring the 31-year-old back into the fold with the senior team.

However, the newspaper reports that Southgate is wary that Rooney’s inclusion could spark debate about the captaincy and he understands that the veteran striker is not interested in only being involved as a squad player.

England are set to compete in World Cup qualifying matches against Malta and Slovenia at the start of September.

Rooney has not been involved in the national squad for the past five international matches and his last match came in last year’s 3-0 victory against Scotland at Wembley Stadium.

The striker was omitted from the squad last season because he spent the majority of the campaign watching on from the sidelines at Manchester United.

Rooney has since completed a summer move to his beloved Everton and he enjoyed a wonderful comeback, scoring the winning goal on the opening day of the league season as the Toffees beat Stoke City 1-0 at Goodison Park.

The Liverpudlian is England’s all-time leading goalscorer with 53 international strikes to his name.

In other Everton news, supporters blasted Koeman for starting this 27-year-old against Hadjuk.

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