Wayne Rooney retires from international football

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Everton striker Wayne Rooney has called time on his Three Lions career, retiring from the international scene after 119 appearances spanned over 14 years.

Wayne Rooney is England’s greatest ever goalscorer, netting 53 times, and is the second-most capped player behind Peter Shilton’s 125 caps.

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Only 1 of Wayne Rooney’s 53 international strikes came at a World Cup, in a Group Stage game of the 2014 Finals in Brazil, where he netted the equaliser in an eventual 2-1 loss to Uruguay.

The former Manchester United striker’s form in the early stages of his second Everton spell sparked speculation that a return to the national side was in order, but a statement issued to Press Association confirmed his decision.

“It was great that 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,” said Rooney.

“However, having already thought long and hard, I told Gareth that I had now decided to retire for good from international football.”

The Liverpool-born forward expressed regret at not having played in a successful England side at a major tournament; he went no further than Quarter-Final appearances with England in European Championships and World Cups, and most recently suffered the ignominy of being eliminated at Euro 2016 by Iceland in the Round of 16.

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