Football Star, Wayne Rooney Announced His Retirement From International Football
Football legend, Wayne Rooney who is a Manchester United and England’s all-time high scorer has finally announced that he will be retiring very soon from international football immediately after rejecting the offer to be part of the England squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers.
Wayne Rooney, a 31-years-old striker at Everton was asked by Gareth Southgate who is the National Coach of the team that Rooney should feature in the coming weeks game against Malta and Slovakia but, he turned down the offer and decided to quit instead.
Wayne Rooney have netted 53 goals in 119 games for the three lions.
He said via a statement made on his website that:
- “Every time I was selected was a real privilege but I believe now is the time to bow out.”
- “Dreams can come true and playing for @England has been exactly that. Thanks to everyone involved it’s been amazing”
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) August 23, 2017
Read Wayne Rooney Full Retirement Statement Below:-
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.
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.