|England’s leading goal scorer Wayne Rooney with an impressive record of 53 goals in 119 games has now decided to put an end to this record streak this Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 when he announced his retirement from the national team. The decision was made just after when Gareth Southgate started assembling his squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, and Wayne Rooney received his phone call.|
The 31-year-old Everton forward had conveyed the decision with regards to the speculation whether he would figure in the squad for the national team or not, on Tuesday itself to Gareth Southgate. Wayne Rooney had not only lost the captaincy of the team but also his place in the squad as he had become a peripheral figure under Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United last season. Now, he is playing for the new club Everton. The phone call was made by Southgate to congratulate him for his early season.
Rooney had not been his self for quite sometimes now but his stint with Everton and his goals in both their Premier League matches so far made him look happy and rejuvenated.
“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”.
“Having already thought long and hard, I told Gareth that I had now decided to retire for good from international football”.
“It is a really tough decision and one I have discussed with my family, my manager at Everton (Ronald Koeman) 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”.
He said that now his sole priority is to when trophies for Everton.