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Wayne Rooney wants England to learn lessons from Las Vegas trip

Captain Wayne Rooney wants his England team-mates to learn from his mistake prior to Euro 2012, when he went on a family holiday to Las Vegas.

England have qualified for Euro 2016 and Rooney believes players would benefit from staying at home before the tournament in France starts next June.

The 29-year-old, who was suspended for the first two games of Euro 2012, said: “I went on holiday, which I regret.”

“I thought it was no problem and now I know I shouldn’t have done it.”

The Manchester United forward equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s England record of 49 goals by scoring in Saturday’s 6-0 qualifying win over San Marino.

And he says he will speak to England manager Roy Hodgson to ensure the timing of training camps is right before his sixth major championships.

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“Flying so far it takes a while to get over the jet-lag. Maybe not having a long break between the season finishing is probably the best thing,” said Rooney.

“The senior lads will sit down with the manager and the staff organising the tournament to work out what we can do better.

“I’ll certainly get my part right this time.”

Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish has played for Republic of Ireland at youth level

Meanwhile, Hodgson wants teenage Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish to decide whether wants to play for England or the Republic of Ireland.

The 19-year-old was born in Solihull, but qualifies for the Republic because his grandparents were born there and has represented the country at youth level.

Grealish rejected a call-up to Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland squad in June, saying he needed time to decide which country to represent.

“I’m not 100% certain of what he is waiting for,” said Hodgson.

“I would like him to come out and say: ‘I’ve thought about it, I’ve got the two possibilities and I’m opting for England.’

“But he has been injured, so he wouldn’t have been selectable for any team at whatever level during these September fixtures.”

Hodgson, who has spoken to Grealish, acknowledged it was “important” for the player to give the decision “the right amount of thought”.

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He added: “It would be nice if he says yes and then he would have a year to see if he could knock one or two of these players off their perch.”

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