Wayne Rooney retires from global career

Taylor Byrd
August 25, 2017

"We'll see what happens".

The Everton frontman has told England boss Gareth Southgate that he is retiring from the worldwide scene, and will not add to his 119 caps for his country. I really appreciated that.

"He said he had been thinking long and hard about the decision and he had decided he was going to announce his worldwide retirement".

Rooney, who called it quits from England national team duty on Wednesday, could make a comeback feels former England boss Roy Hodgson.

"Opinions differ on Rooney, but in my short time in charge of England I found him to be a very responsible captain". I believe now is the time to bow out. It is always the player's decision, and of course, I respect that.

One of Rooney's biggest regrets could be that he was never part of a successful England side.

Everton forward Wayne Rooney has announced that he is calling time on his global career at the age of 31.

Rooney netted 53 goals in 119 appearances for the Three Lions in a stellar career which began when former England manager Sven Goran Eriksen handed Rooney his full global debut at the tender age of 17 back in 2003.

The 2010 World Cup in South Africa was supposed to be Rooney's tournament after a fine campaign with United, but his most memorable contribution came at the end of a 0-0 draw against Algeria when he turned to the camera and criticised England supporters for booing their own side.

He performed selflessly, often in unfamiliar roles, and his commitment was unquestioned. When asked about what made him pull out the acrobatic young self, he said his kid did it all day long and wanted to see his father do it too.

"Well done on a record-breaking @England career, @WayneRooney!"

Former England manager Roy Hodgson has asserted that star striker Wayne Rooney may reconsider his decision to retire from worldwide football and make a comeback to the national team. "He's been a pleasure to work with and I am sure at some point in the future there could be some involvement with England", he added.

"Instead he will be sat at home having a rest and coming into training energised rather than stiff and exhausted from playing aboard and travelling back".

As a 17-year-old prodigy, Rooney was the last of a particularly talented generation of players, who included Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, David Beckham and Paul Scholes.

"He's in really good fitness and it's always up to the player what is best to do", he told reporters. He was head and shoulders the best player we had. He is older but he has the ability to bond with them.

"If we ever thought it was good for him to have a rest we had to wrestle with him and impose it upon him".

"His record for his country and for the teams he has played for has been second to none".

The former United striker said he wants to concentrate only on life back at Everton and feels the time is right to call time on his legendary global career.

"He was a breath of fresh air". This will now be Rooney's sole playing focus.

"Now I hope he gets the send-off and the plaudits that he deserves".

Sven-Goran Eriksson, who served as England manager between 2001 and 2006, also regretted Rooney's decision to end his worldwide career.

"[England] went through a time of being bereft of world-class talent - it was just him", said Lineker.

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