Wayne to ‘Roo’ the England fans no more

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Wayne Rooney

“Dreams can come true and playing for England has been exactly that. Thanks to everyone involved it’s been amazing” – Wayne Rooney on Twitter

HE MADE his debut for England in 2003 and 119 appearances and a national record of 53 goals later, Wayne Rooney has closed the curtain on his international career by his own choice.  He said in a statement:

“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.

“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.”

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