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Wayne Rooney retires from England international football duty

Wayne Rooney, England’s record goalscorer, has announced his international football career is at an end.

football Updated: Aug 23, 2017 18:06 IST
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Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring England’s third goal in the Uefa Euro 2016 Group E qualifying match against Slovenia at the Stozice stadium in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on June 14, 2015. (Reuters)

England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney has announced his retirement from international football.

The Everton striker, 31, won 119 caps, putting him second only to Peter Shilton, and scored 53 goals since making his debut in February 2003.

Wayne Rooney’s statement read: “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.

Wayne Rooney in Manchester United colours in the English Premier League last season (REUTERS)

“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.

Everton's Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring their first goal against Manchester City on August 21, 2017. (REUTERS)

“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.”

First Published: Aug 23, 2017 17:52 IST