Star English player Wayne Rooney has retired from international football on Wednesday. England's all-time leading goalscorer has announced that he has ended his 14-year long international career.
The 31-year old who played in 119 games 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 is presently playing for Everton after he quit Manchester United.
“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. But I believe now is the time to bow out”, he said.
He also said that he wants to focus all his energy on helping Everton become successful.
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 successfulWayne Rooney
“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.” he added.
“One day the dream will come true and I look forward to being there as a fan – or in any capacity,” said the player.
Recently he has become just the second player to net 200 goals in the Premier League with his strike against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Monday.
The 31-year-old striker has scored 200 goals in the division, while Shearer remains the man to beat with 260 for Blackburn and Newcastle United during his career.