Wayne Rooney Retires from International Football
English international striker, Wayne Rooney, has announced that he is retiring from international football, after representing his country for 14 years.
Rooney has been a stalwart of the English national squad since he was 17 years old. He also holds the record as the all-time top goal scorer for the Three Lions, scoring 53 goals in 119 appearances for his country.
He has also captained the English team on many occasions.
Earlier this week, there was speculation that 31-year-old Rooney would be selected again in September, after he wasn’t included in England’s squad for their last two international clashes.
Rooney himself has confirmed this, and revealed that he did, in fact, receive a call from England manager, Gareth Southgate, to rejoin the squad.
“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…However, having already thought long and hard, I told Gareth that I had now decided to retire for good from international football,” Rooney said in a statement released yesterday afternoon.
Rooney recently joined EPL club, Everton, after a 13-year stint at Manchester United. His performance at Everton has already been received with much praise, having scored two goals for the club in two appearances.
In his statement, Rooney said that his main focus at the moment is Everton.
“It is a really tough decision and one I have discussed with my family, my manager at Everton and those closest to me…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…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,” he said.
Rooney went on to say that he will forever be a passionate England fan, and that he has a lot of faith in the way Southgate is managing the national team.
Everton manager, Ronald Koeman, has said that he respects Rooney’s decision to retire from international football, and that he’s grateful Rooney will be focusing on Everton’s EPL campaign.