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Rooney Calls Time On International Career

Wayne Rooney Calls Time On International Career

By Keegan Kruger - Aug 23, 2017 02:20 PM @KeeganKruger

England's all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney has announced his retirement from international football.

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The 31-year-old made 119 appearances for his country, and scored 53 goals in all competitions for the Three Lions.

Rooney broke Sir Bobby Charlton's scoring record in September 2015, doing so from the penalty spot against Switzerland.

The former Manchester United captain confirmed his decision in a statement released on his official website on Wednesday.

"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 appreciated that," the statement read.

"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.

"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.

"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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Do you think this was a good decision from Rooney? Have your say in the comments section below.


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O_TH KHOSI Aug 23, 2017 06:56 PM
Legendary
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mkhok Aug 23, 2017 04:58 PM
all the best "beast" kane will continue where you left off..
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Neg60-wekhosi Aug 23, 2017 04:07 PM
Legend of the game this one...good luck my brother ...rooney is a hard worker no luck ha got him this far..happiness
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Mystique-Luu Aug 23, 2017 04:00 PM
Being too rich is sometimes dangerous huh, 31yrs already quitting mxm
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king mosha Aug 23, 2017 03:55 PM
GOOD CHOICE YOU CANT COMPETE WITH YOUNG BLOOD COMING IN
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Faysal Aug 23, 2017 03:42 PM
Flop
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T-Man360 Aug 23, 2017 03:37 PM
Rooney is finished he is quiting at the age of 31! Ai even madala #Zlatan is better than him
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mdluly Aug 23, 2017 03:03 PM
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lopi Aug 23, 2017 02:42 PM
Wayne
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tinashenengomasha Aug 23, 2017 02:37 PM
gud rooney we wl mc u
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tinashenengomasha Aug 23, 2017 02:37 PM
gud rooney we wl mc u

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