After 53 goals in 119 matches Wayne Rooney announced his retirement from International football on Wednesday afternoon.
The record goal scorer and former captain of the three Lions has turned down a recall to Gareth Southgate’s side for the upcoming world cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia.
Rooney issued a statement saying “It was great 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 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 closet to me”
“Playing for England has always been special to me. Every time I was selected as a player as a player or a 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”
Rooney concludes by saying “I will always remain a passionate England fan. One of my 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”.