England's striker and Everton's forward Wayne Rooney announced on Wednesday he is retiring from international football with an immediate effect.
Despite England's head coach Gareth Southgate's effort to recall him to his squad, Rooney declined it and said that the time has come for him to bow out from international football and focus on his new club.Rooney-31 years old- has scored 53 goals in 119 appearances for his country told Southgate of his decision during a phone conversation on Tuesday.Rooney had lost both captaincy and a place in the squad as he had become a borderline figure under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United last season. Southgate had phoned in to congratulate him of his early season superb performance for his new club Everton.
In a statement sent to Press Association Sport, Rooney said it was great that Southgate had called him this week telling him he is much needed back in the England squad for the forthcoming matches." Having already thought long and hard I told Gareth that I had now decided to retire for good from international football, " he said."It is really a tough decision and one I have discussed with my family Everton's manager Ronald Koeman and those closest to me,'' he added.The 31-year-old who has scored 200 goals in Premier League appearances said that his sole purpose now is to ensure Everton win trophies.
Rooney left Everton where he nurtured his talent in football as a teenager before he left for Manchester United and now he is back home.He said that leaving United was a tough decision but he made the right decision in coming to Everton.