Wayne Rooney's retirement to loom large on Three Lions' attacking future
Written by: Punit Tripathi
The England International holds the record for scoring the highest number of goals for the Three Lions at the biggest stage, ahead of Sir Bobby Charlton.
In one of the most shocking announcements made in recent times, Three Lions' forward and former Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has called time on his international career. The 'White Messi' burst on to the scene as a young, dynamic striker at Everton and made his international debut at an age of 17 years and 111 days.
The versatile player was looking close to get his mojo back, having already scored twice and made an assist in three games this season after his return to his boyhood club at Merseyside. Known to be a warrior and hugely effective when fighting for a result, Wayne 'Wazza' Rooney was lovely around the world and will be remembered as one of the greatest English players to have graced the game, ever.
After some strong performances ever since his transfer took place, Rooney was asked by England boss Gareth Southgate to be involved against Malta and Slovakia. The former Red Devils' captain scored 53 goals in 119 appearances for the Lions. The hugely-experienced and successful player recently scored his 200th Premier League goal against long-time breeding opposition Manchester City.
"Every time I was selected was a real privilege but I believe now is the time to bow out," said the 31-year-old, on his decision.
His full statement:
It was great 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.
England National Team gave him a tribute in style
However, 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 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.
Leaving Manchester United was a tough call but I know I made the right decision in coming home to Everton. Now I want to focus all my energies on helping them be successful.
I will always remain a passionate England fan. One of my very few regrets is not to have been part of a successful England tournament side. Hopefully the exciting players Gareth is bringing through can take that ambition further and I hope everyone will get behind the team.
One day the dream will come true and I look forward to being there as a fan - or in any capacity.
Khel Now football understands that the classic No. 10 still had a good 3-4 years of international football left in him, and he would have only got back his touch with regular game time at Everton. The player should've continued his time with the Three Lions, even if he wouldn't have started regularly, as forwards like Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane need that same time frame to take over the role of scoring goals.
Published: Wed Aug 23, 2017 06:43 PM IST