Manchester United and England‘s all-time leading scorer Wayne Rooney has announced his retirement from international football after turning down the chance to be part of the England squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers.
The Everton striker, 31, was asked by national coach Gareth Southgate to be involved in the games against Malta and Slovakia in the coming weeks but he decided to quit instead.
Rooney scored 53 goals in 119 games for the three lions.
“Every time I was selected was a real privilege but I believe now is the time to bow out,” Rooney said in a statement released on his official website.
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) August 23, 2017