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England's Wayne Rooney announces global retirement

England's Wayne Rooney announces global retirement”

The 31-year-old also leaves as England's most-capped outfield player with 119 appearances. I really appreciated that.

17 - Rooney made his global debut as a substitute in a friendly against Australia in February 2003 aged 17 years and 111 days - an England record at the time, since surpassed by Theo Walcott.

"It is a really tough decision and one I have discussed with my family, my manager at Everton (Ronald Koeman) and those closest to me".

The 31-year-old had started the season in fine fashion after re-joining Everton from Manchester United, prompting speculation he could make his first worldwide appearance since last November. "But I believe now is the time to bow out", he added.

Personally speaking, I have always been a huge fan and massive defender in his corner, this is undoubtedly a great loss for the England global side as Rooney is still proving he does have the legs and passion to reinvent his career.

Rooney, England's most capped outfield player, said his sole goal now in football is to ensure Everton win trophies.

"Leaving Manchester United was a tough call but I know I made the right decision in coming home to Everton".

He has cited that he wants to pay all his attention to playing for Everton in helping them to secure a trophy.

Rooney rejoined boyhood club Everton in the summer, and his announcement comes two days after he scored his 200th Premier League goal in a 1-1 draw at Manchester City. Ashley Cole (22) is the only player with more.

"One day the dream will come true and I look forward to being there as a fan - or in any capacity".

He broke Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time scoring record in September 2015, doing so from the penalty spot against Switzerland.

In 119 games Rooney scored those 53 goals despite at times his own support questioning his talent and desire stating that he was "past it" and didn't have the legs for the task.

The former England captain has not played for his country since a 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley last November.

"Congratulations to @WayneRooney on a magnificent global career".

Greg Clarke, chairman of English football's governing body the Football Association (FA), said Rooney had earned the right to be termed a "legend".

"Wayne Rooney is an icon of his generation and an undoubted legend of the game". The abuse that Rooney has had to take from the majority of England fans has been nothing short of disgusting and selfish.

"You do know as an worldwide player when you have reached the point of no return", Butcher told the BBC.



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