Wayne Rooney insists he is excited not fearful of England competition

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The Manchester United striker faces a fight to get into England's first team.

The competition for an England place is something that has left Wayne Rooney excited, not fearful, he has told ITV Sport, reported by the Mirror.

The Manchester United and England captain is currently working his way back from a knee injury that has ruled him out of the current international break.

In his absence, the likes of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy have impressed in England’s attack while Dele Alli and Ross Barkley have starred in the number ten role.

Many are questioning whether he should be in Roy Hodgson’s team at all this summer, but Rooney insists that the challenge excites him ahead of Euro 2016 this summer.

“As I have said throughout my career at Man United and England I never take my place for granted,” the Mirror reports him saying.

“Obviously you want to play, and it is great that competition is there. The quality we have got, it is exciting to be part of it.”

“I can't wait to get fit and be back out there with the lads. It is something I enjoy doing and I want to keep doing and I want to keep going and get ready.”

The debate over Rooney is certainly an interesting one, with this current England squad arguably the most competitive for some time.

It is widely agreed his best position is as a number ten, but with Barkley and Alli shining in the role for Everton and Tottenham this season those two should be ahead of him at present.

A striker’s role certainly seems to be out of the question with Kane having made himself almost un-droppable and Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck and Vardy all competing also.

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