Wayne Rooney retires from international football. The boy belonging to the Blue side of Merseyside brings down the curtains to a phenomenon career. Rooney featured in 119 matches, scoring 53 times for “The Three Lions”. He was undoubtedly part of the most comprehensive squad ever brought forward by England. Rooney had seen a roller coaster of a career with England.
Started from the bottom, now he is here. Image via Daily Mail.
From seeing red in the Euros’ courtesy of his fellow comrade from Manchester, to playing alongside the likes of Neville, Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard, Terry. And to end as the captain of the national side, scoring the maximum goals for England means a lot. Rooney was called up for matches against Malta and Slovakia by Gareth Southgate. However, Rooney declined the opportunity stating that he believes it is the right time for him to step down from international duties. Apparently, it looks like Rooney goes on to complete the circle of life by concluding his international duties from where it all started.
The place where it all started. Image via Daily Mail.
Rooney’s official statement reads “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 for me. Every time I was selected as a player or as 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 few regrets is not to have been part of a successful England tournament side. Hopefully the exciting players Gareth is bringing through can take 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.”