Manchester: England Captain Wayne Rooney says he will retire from international football after the World Cup in 2018 in Russia.
The record goal scorer for England said, “Come Russia I feel that will be the time to say goodbye to international football,” said Rooney, who has scored 53 goals in 115 England appearances. My mind is made up.”
Wayne Rooney is just one match away from breaking the record for the most capped outfield England player, a record currently held by the former England captain and football legend David Beckham.
Rooney also said, “It’s still two years away. I started playing professional football when I was 16, and started playing internationals when I was 17. Fifteen years is a lot. I’d be 34 by the next tournament. I’ve had a fantastic international career so far. I’ve enjoyed every minute.”
He further said, “Russia will be my last opportunity to do anything with England so I’m going to try to enjoy these two years and hopefully I can end my time with England on a high.”
He has yet to discuss which position he is going to play with the manager of the English team Sam Allardyce.
Allardyce has said that Rooney will play in the same position as he plays for his club, Manchester United, he has been playing behind the striker ever since new United Boss, Jose Mourinho.
Wayne Rooney said, “Obviously it’s the manager’s decision,” said Rooney. “We haven’t really spoken about it – we will in the next couple of days. I’m ready to play whether it’s midfield, number 10 or striker.”
Rooney has shown confidence in Sam Allardyce and he believes that he can help the English team to win more international tournaments.
He also said, “I said before the Euros I enjoyed playing in this team, and that’s the case still. There were some questions about whether I should stop playing, but I am looking forward to getting back on the pitch.
I made my mind up before the Euros, whether we did well or not, that I was going to continue. I’ve had nothing to think about since then.”