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Rooney: Former players are jealous of England's success

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Wayne Rooney has revealed that some former England players are jealous of the Three Lions' current success.

The former captain has spoken to ex-players who have struggled to grasp England's appeal after they reached the World Cup semi-finals in the summer.

Rooney played in a side labelled the 'Golden Generation' who failed to live up to their potential and never got past a major quarter-final.

And the country's 53-goal record scorer, who played his final game in Thursday's friendly 3-0 win over the USA, admits some retired stars cannot handle England's progress.

"I know there are some ex-players who I've spoken to who can't come to terms with England doing well," Rooney told several national newspapers ahead of Sunday's Nations League showdown with Croatia.

"That is wrong. I'm not like that. I'm a fan now. I want England to do well. I'm proud to have played for England so many times and I always have been.

"I've had my time. I'm happy with what I've contributed to the national team and I look forward now to the next few years and watching this team progress.

"I've enjoyed being around Gareth (Southgate), the players, the coaching staff and seeing how it's all developing.

"I wouldn't say I've got regret (over my England career). The main thing is that I can look back and say to myself I gave everything. It didn't always work. It didn't always pay off. But I have given everything when playing for England and I've tried to make us successful.

"Sometimes everything just isn't enough. But no, I've got no regrets. I've had my time and it didn't quite work out in terms of trophies. I'm happy with my international career and I'll always look back and be proud of what I achieved for England."


Croatia in confident mood ahead of England showdown

Jedvaj scored the late winning goal for Croatia against Spain. Credit: PA

Croatia head to England in bullish mood after beating Gareth Southgate's men "without any problems" at the World Cup, according to the man who sealed their win over Spain.

Tin Jedvaj, whose injury-time goal helped Croatia to a 3-2 victory over Luis Enrique's men in Zagreb, even suggested the visitors should be considered favourites for Sunday's Nations League clash.

Zlatko Dalic's men broke English hearts in the summer by securing a 2-1 extra-time comeback win as the Three Lions' Russian adventure ended at the semi-final stage.

The nations drew 0-0 behind closed doors in Rijeka last month and meet again at Wembley this weekend in an intriguingly-poised Nations League clash, which will decide the side relegated from Group A4 and the country that will head to the inaugural finals.

Jedvaj is confident of another Croatia win this weekend.

"In Russia, we proved that we could beat them without any problems and that they aren't better than us," he said in quotes reported by

"We might even be the favourites despite the fact that we are playing away. I don't know.

"They are England but we believe that we can win and end the group stage on top."

Jedvaj's could appear a little overconfident, which, was something their star man Luka Modric accused England of during the summer.

"Especially English journalists, pundits from television, they underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake," Modric told ITV Sport after July's semi-final.

"All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying, 'OK, today we will see who will be tired'.

"And like I said they should be more humble and respect more opponents.

"But we showed again that we are not tired, we dominated the game physically, mentally, in all aspects."

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