Berti Vogts tried to convince Wayne Rooney to play for Scotland

Vogts wanted Rooney for Scotland
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Berti Vogts reveals that he asked Wayne Rooney to play for Scotland while he was their manager between 2002 and 2004.

Berti Vogts has revealed that he once tried to persuade Wayne Rooney to play for Scotland while he was their manager from 2002 to 2004.

The Manchester United forward was eligible to represent the nation due to the birthplace of his grandmother, but the forward reportedly declined by telling Vogts: "I'm English, I'm English."

"I spoke to Wayne Rooney - his grandmother, she is Scottish," BBC Sport quotes Vogts as saying.

"I flew from Glasgow to Everton. He was playing under David Moyes at Everton and I spoke to him - a young lad of 16 years of age. I said to him 'you can play for Scotland'."

Rooney has scored 36 goals in 84 matches for England.

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