Ex-Red Rooney calls time on England career
August 24 2017
Former Manchester United frontman Wayne Rooney has hung up his international football boots.
The Everton frontman has told England boss Gareth Southgate that he is retiring from the international scene, and will not add to his 119 caps for his country.
Rooney is England's all-time leading goalscorer, having found the net 53 times.
His strong start to life back at Everton – with two goals in two Premier League games – had fuelled speculation that Rooney was set to feature heavily in Southgate’s plans, ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The striker, however, has decided to focus his footballing attentions on the Merseyside club.
Rooney has also made three Europa League appearances for Everton already this season, suggesting he is set to be well-used over the course of the campaign by the Goodison Park club. This will now be Rooney's sole playing focus.
31-year-old Rooney is the most-capped outfield England international of all time, but has opted not to try and hunt down Peter Shilton's 125 appearances.
His goal against Manchester City was his 200th Premier League strike, 183 of which came as a United player. He remains 60 short of Alan Shearer’s all-time EPL record - and matching that feat seems very unlikely, albeit slightly more possible following this announcement.
Rooney's former club and country team-mate Rio Ferdinand took to Twitter to laud Rooney's England record, describing his career as "fantastic". Certainly, Rooney will go down as a true England great and his presence, amid a currently young and inexperienced international squad, will be sorely missed.