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Wayne Rooney retires: England captain announces international retirement with immediate effect

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Wayne Rooney has announced his retirement from international football with immediate effect, ending his reign as England captain after holding talks with manager Gareth Southgate.

 

The 31-year-old, who joined Everton from Manchester United in the summer after 13 years at Old Trafford, was dropped from Southgate's latest squad for the summer fixtures against Scotland and France in June.

 

His good start to life back at Goodison Park, where he made his professional debut as a fresh-faced 16-year-old in 2002, triggered suggestions that he would be in line for a recall to the England squad with Southgate naming his team for next month's 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia. The forward scored in both the 1-0 victory over Stoke City and the 1-1 draw with Manchester City, but has decided the time is right to end his international career 14 years after making his England debut.

 

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Rooney retires as England's greatest ever goalscorer, netting 53 times in 119 appearances, which also makes him the second-highest capped player for the country behind former goalkeeper Peter Shilton's record of 125 caps.

 

Rooney issued a statement to Press Association to confirm his retirement, with the Everton striker saying: "It was great that Gareth Southgate called me this week to tell me he wanted me back in the England squad for the upcoming matches. I really appreciated that.

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"However, having already thought long and hard, I told Gareth that I had now decided to retire for good from international football.

"It is a really tough decision and one I have discussed with my family, my manager at Everton and those closest to me.

 

One of my very few regrets is not to have been part of a successful England tournament side

-Wayne Rooney


"Playing for England has always been special to me. Every time I was selected as a player or captain was a real privilege and I thank everyone who helped me.

 

"But I believe now is the time to bow out.

 

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"Leaving Manchester United was a tough call but I know I made the right decision in coming home to Everton. Now I want to focus all my energies on helping them be successful.

 

"I will always remain a passionate England fan.

 

"One of my very few regrets is not to have been part of a successful England tournament side.

 

"Hopefully the exciting players Gareth is bringing through can take that ambition further and I hope everyone will get behind the team.

 

"One day the dream will come true and I look forward to being there as a fan - or in any capacity."

 

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Great servant for his country. No one can dispute his record.

 

I know in this era it's more common to see footballers retire from internationals to prolong their club career. However, I just wouldn't be able to if it was me.

 

It wouldn't have been classed as 'work' for me therefore playing at the highest level and the honour of your country needing you, it would be easy never ever retire.

 

I can see why even years after he played for England that David Beckham said he'd never retire from England.

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10 minutes ago, GazzaGarratt said:

Great servant for his country. No one can dispute his record.

 

I know in this era it's more common to see footballers retire from internationals to prolong their club career. However, I just wouldn't be able to if it was me.

 

It wouldn't have been classed as 'work' for me therefore playing at the highest level and the honour of your country needing you, it would be easy never ever retire.

 

I can see why even years after he played for England that David Beckham said he'd never retire from England.

 

He needs more leisure time to go granny prostitute hunting, allegedly:lol:

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Yet another England player who had to go through so much shit in his career, all of it undeserved. We're probably the only country who slam our best even when they're winning. Top goal scorer for England and all everyone talked about was how shit he's played.

 

One ex footballer even said he can't be classed as top because he never played well in a tournament. Did anyone play well in those tournament? Hard to play on your own.

 

Anyway, I might be slightly biased but he was a legend for England and a great goal

scorer. 

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