How a phone call about a grandmother could have changed Wayne Rooney's future

Wayne Rooney

In the fallout of Jack Wilshere's comments, Berti Vogts said he tried to persuade a young Wayne Rooney to play for Scotland when he was manager.

Ever heard the one about the German asking the Englishman if he wanted to play for Scotland?

Well, that’s what happened back when Wayne Rooney was asked to play for Scotland by Berti Vogts when he was leading the Scotland side. Rooney would have qualified to play for Scotland because of his Scottish Grandmother.

Vogts said: ‘The Scottish Football Association found the grandmother and I made the call. 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.’

However, a young Rooney turned down Vogts is offer and is now on course to break the goalscoring record for England.

Vogts, who is now Azerbaijan’s coach was having his say over the debate surrounding whether Adnan Januzaj should play for England on residency grounds.

Rooney’s case would have been different given the blood relation to someone who was born in that country.

It would be interesting to see what Jack Wilshere would have made of that had Rooney opted for the side north of the border…

It makes a bit of a mockery of his 'English is English' argument when everyone has a background from a variety of countries. 

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