Celebrity News: Wayne Rooney, England’s top scorer, has announced his withdrawal from the national team with immediate effect after 14 years.
Rooney, 31,scorer of 53 goals in 119 games, rejected coach Gareth Southgate’s call for qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup next month before announcing his retirement.
“I believe now is the time to bow out,” the former England captain said in a statement. “I will always remain a passionate England fan,” Rooney said in a statement.
“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” he said.
“It’s a very difficult decision and something that I have meditated with my family, my coach at Everton and my loved ones. Playing with England was always very special, but I think it’s time to leave it,”.
The retirement of Rooney, who made his debut with the “Three Lions” in February 2003, at 17 years and 111 days, in a friendly against Australia (his first official match came with 17 years and 317 days in a victory against Macedonia ), Comes two days after scoring his 200th goal in the Premier League.
” 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.” continued Wayne on the missive.
‘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.’