Rooney bows out of worldwide football

Paola Ditto
Agosto 24, 2017

Rooney's announcement of his retirement from the global stage on Wednesday brought the curtain down on an England career that began in a blaze of hyperbole and ended with the Everton star rejecting Gareth Southgate's offer of a return to the fold.

But leaving United for Everton has led to an immediate upturn in form and fortunes, making Southgate ready to recall the long-serving forward for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia.

"Every time, when I was selected as a player or captain in the England team was a matter of proud for me".

Should Rooney have remained part of manager Gareth Southgate's squad, he could have surpassed Shilton as soon as next year's World Cup.

"He has made some bold decisions and I think the bold one he can make is, for me, to say it's the end of Wayne Rooney's worldwide career", said Hurst. "I told Gareth that I already had thought hard and long about this issue and I finally decided that I should take retirement from the worldwide football". Of the nine players to have won 100 or more caps for England, only two of them - Bobby Moore and Bobby Charlton - ever won a tournament.

"But I believe now is the time to bow out".

In any case, global tournaments are snapshots, four weeks every two years, and even for the best teams the stars have to align.

Rooney has since featured at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups and is widely regarded as his country's best player.

After 14 years as an #England global, #Wayne Rooney has today announced his intention to retire from worldwide football.

The 31-year-old has scored 53 goals in 119 appearances for his country. And so Southgate can now plan for the World Cup with his emerging young team, free of worry about the distraction posed by Rooney. But they will nearly certainly go in as one of those teams that, given the right combination of performance and fortune, could win it. Rooney bowing out next summer with a World Cup winner's medal was always hugely, nearly vanishingly unlikely. "I really appreciated that", said Rooney in a statement sent to Press Association Sport.

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Former England boss Eriksson, who picked Rooney for his 2003 England debut, is one who believes Rooney should have carried on.

However, after becoming only the second player to reach 200 Premier League goals, Rooney has opted to focus on his club career.

Close to tears, Rooney addressed his team mates with a speech full of humility and pride outlining how much the "huge honour" of playing for England meant to him.

England secured their passage to the quarter-finals of the tournament with a goal-laden win over Croatia, in a game that confirmed Rooney had indeed arrived on the world stage. Further embarrassment was to come two years later when England was eliminated by Euro 2016 newcomer Iceland in the round of 16 - the only game Rooney scored in at the tournament in France.

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