He was just six games away from matching Peter Shilton’s record and becoming the most capped player in the history of England’s national team, he is in awesome form having returned to Everton after 13 years at Manchester United, he even received a phone call by the boss of the national team, but… he has made his mind up, his days playing for England are over(!).
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. However, having already thought long and hard, I told Gareth that I had now decided to retire for good from international football
Wayne Rooney wrote in a statement released to Press Association Sport.
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
the Everton striker wrote, explaining how he made this ‘really tough decision’.
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
Rooney also mentioned, before admitting that
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.
Rooney ends his international career having scored 53 goals in 119 appearances, a good number of those as captain.