In an effort to get back into the England national team, Jack Rodwell has completed a £ 10 million move to Sunderland. The former Everton midfielder has struggled for first-team opportunities at Manchester City. He moved to Etihad stadium for around £ 12 million two years ago. However, after featuring in just 26 matches during this period, he is keen on getting regular football. Rodwell was once spoken as the next big thing in the England setup. This was primarily due to Wayne Rooney’s emergence from the Everton youth ranks in the same way as Rodwell.
The 23-year-old, though, has struggled to live up to the expectations primarily because of injuries. He appears to be finally behind the injury problems, but getting game time at City has been tough because of the intense competition. Players like Yaya Touré and Fernandinho have dominated City midfield and it will be tough to dislodge them straightaway. Once spoken of as the replacement for Frank Lampard, Rodwell is keen on recovering his international career. Since making his England debut in 2011, the 23-year-old has made only three appearances in total for the national team.
Due to Roy Hodgson’s clear statements that he wants to focus on the youth for the upcoming Euro 2016, Rodwell may feel that he will have a great opportunity should he play regularly. “Regular football is the most important thing for me. This is a great place for me to be. Watching the World Cup left a little bit of a bitter taste in my mouth. I was supporting the team 100%, but I also wanted to be there so I think it’s time I put that right. Without doubt the last couple of seasons I have not played nearly enough football as I have wanted to play,” said Rodwell.