The mercurial England striker is back in the news, though for reasons that would surely disappoint millions of his fans and followers. Wayne Rooney has announced his retirement from international football!
Rooney, who recently moved back to his boyhood club Everton after a memorable and long stint at Manchester United, had not been in favour for the national side in recent times, though he was recalled by England manager Gareth Southgate for the World Cup qualifiers a few days ago. He declined the chance, though, saying that “Every time I was selected was a real privilege but I believe now is the time to bow out.” Admittedly, not playing in a successful England side would always be “one of my very few regrets”, he confessed.
England’s all-time leading goalscorer with 53 goals in 119 internationals, Rooney last played for the national side in November 2016, captaining the team to a 3-0 win over Scotland. The announcement comes close on the heels of his 200th Premier League goal – scored against Manchester City – in a 1-1 draw.
Here’s to Wazza (his nickname – in case you did not know!) – we will surely miss you whenever the Brits take the field!