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Wayne Rooney retires from international football

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The PFA has congratulated Wayne Rooney on his ‘incredible’ England career following his announcement that he is retiring from international football...

England’s record goal-scorer Wayne Rooney has announced his retirement from international football.

The former PFA Players’ Player of the Year scored 53 goals in 119 appearances for the national side, an incredible achievement for a player who will be remembered as an England legend.

The Everton striker has decided that “it is time to bow out” despite being asked to play for England in their upcoming games against Malta and Slovakia.

A passionate member of the national side, Rooney “thought long and hard” about his retirement from international football, but has concluded that he has made “the right decision”.

Now able to focus solely on achieving success with his boyhood club Everton, their new number 10 will no doubt be looking to impress in all competitions.

Rooney’s retirement from England duty comes 14 years on from earning his first cap in February 2003 against Australia. He retires as England’s second most capped player, behind goalkeeper Peter Shilton.

Rooney firmly announced his presence onto the international stage as an 18-year-old at Euro 2004, scoring 4 goals in his first major tournament.

Since then, the Evertonian has gone on to be one of the world’s most renowned strikers delivering record-breaking performances for both club and country.

Rooney has become a football icon and a fan’s favourite across the globe, he’s also admired from colleagues within the game, with Gary Linekar describing him as “a player’s player” on Twitter.

Other players paid tribute to the forward, including previous international strike partner Harry Kane.

In the announcement, Rooney said he would follow the national team as a “passionate England fan” and urged everyone to “get behind” the national side.

Rooney cited one of his “very few regrets” was being unable to achieve tournament success, but hopes that “one day, the dream will come true”.

This week Wayne Rooney joined Alan Shearer in the Premier League’s 200 goal club, we look forward to watching his continued success at Everton for years to come!