Newcastle United star Anthony Gordon sheds light on Wayne Rooney's England influence

Newcastle United forward Anthony Gordon has hailed Wayne Rooney as one of his biggest footballing influences.

The Liverpudlian made the move to St James' Park in 2023 after a glittering spell with his boyhood club Everton. Much like Rooney's humble beginnings, Gordon was thrown into the spotlight at a young age and is still learning to deal with the demands professional football brings.

After being named in England's squad for Euro 2024 - which is due to start in Germany next week - the 23-year-old shared his disappointment as the Three Lions lost to Iceland at Wembley in their final warm-up game, but insisted Rooney's influence as a lad from Merseyside has helped shape and push him for success.

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"I have said many times he was my idol growing up and I absolutely loved the way he played," began Gordon speaking to Channel 4 post-match. "He was aggressive and his ability on the ball, it was outstanding and obviously being from where I am from, it sort of gave me that pathway to believe I could do it."

Much has been made of Gordon's form for Eddie Howe's side this season and with the likes of England regulars of yesteryear Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford left at home, pressure is building on what could be a coming-of-age tournament for the Magpies star.

"I don't think it will hit me until I am actually on the plane because that's all you hear, are you on the plane are you not, so that's almost the exciting bit for me now," added the Newcastle forward. "I just want to see what this plane is like because I am expecting some big mad plane! We have a day off now to enjoy with some family and yeah I can't wait."

Gordon does not think the loss will impact on England’s chances once they kick off their Euro 2024 campaign against Serbia a week on Sunday. When asked if England fans should be worried, Gordon replied: “No, definitely not worried.

“Good players make it click, good players make it happen. We need time to train together and in a tournament that will happen. We’re always going to work. We’re always going to prepare as much as we can.

“I think we’ve got enough players, enough camaraderie around the group, we are very together. I think that helps in tournaments. Like I said before, good players make it happen. Good players make magic, and that is what we’ll do.”