Gareth Southgate doesn't know if Wayne Rooney will leave Manchester United
Rooney, 31, has offers on the table in England and from abroad and is considering his Manchester United future.
Southgate doesn’t know what Rooney will do but left the door open for a return to the set-up.
Rooney has been left out the squad for the World Cup qualifier against Scotland on June 10 and a friendly with France three days later.
When asked if Rooney's international career was at an end, Southgate said: "It doesn't have to be. From Wayne's point of view he hasn't played very much this season.
"Wayne's got some decisions to make this summer, but the hope is that he's back. A player of his quality there is no way we would dismiss him.
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"You want your players playing in the biggest possible games.
"I've no idea what the future is for Wayne at Manchester United so it's impossible for me to comment if he's part of the plans or not.
"I've spoken to him in the past but not this time – I think there's only so many times you can speak about the situation.
"I'm conscious from his point of view that it's always a big story when you don't select him."
Southgate confirmed this morning that Nathaniel Clyne has pulled out of the England squad to face Scotland and France because of injury.
There are a lot of potential leaders emerging from this group
England boss Gareth Southgate
However, Southgate has adequate cover in that area with Tottenham pair Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier both included in the initial squad for the trips to Hampden Park and the Stade de France.
The Three Lions boss also revealed that he has not settled on a captain for either of the upcoming fixtures.
"There are a lot of potential leaders emerging from this group and that's good because there's always been a focus on one person and an over-reliance on one person," he added.
"We're in a position where we can go a number of different ways with that."