Thursday, 24 August 2017

Wayne Rooney retires from International Football

Everton Striker Wayne Rooney has retired from international football after turning down the chance to be included in the squad for World Cup qualifiers.

The former Manchester United captain turned down the opportunity to be part of the squad for next month's 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Gareth Southgate invited Rooney in his squad that will face Malta and Slovakia but the  England all-time leading scorer reject the chance and announced his retirement from international football to focus on his Everton career.

He said it is a privilege to be choosen but believe now is not the right time to go back to the National team again.

“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 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.”

"Every time I was selected was a real privilege but I believe now is the time to bow out," said the 31-year-old."

"I'm sure I'll speak to Gareth Southgate over the next few days. We'll see what happens."

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

Wayne Rooney scored 53 goals in 119 appearances for England and is the all time leading England scorer and in Manchester United.

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