Wayne Rooney ends England career after snubbing call-up

Wayne Rooney ends England career after snubbing call-up

Wayne Rooney's retirement from worldwide football marks the end of an era, according to Football Association chairman Greg Clarke. Stepping back from global play is probably a smart move for him at this stage of his career.

"The goals and all the rest of it come on top of that, but [he was] somebody who fought for his country every time he played, gave his absolute maximum, and did everything he possibly could to help England win a tournament". Last year, Rooney said he meant to stay with the team through next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Rooney in the England team played since February 2003.

Rooney made his major tournament debut aged 18 at Euro 2004 and scored four goals in the tournament, but broke a bone in his foot during England's quarter-final exit to hosts Portugal.

Rooney's first worldwide goal followed against Macedonia that September and the following summer his outstanding performances led to a place in the Euro 2004 team of the tournament.

The Everton forward, who left Manchester United in the summer after 13 trophy-laden years at Old Trafford, retires as England's leading goalscorer with 53 goals in 119 appearances.

In a statement on his official web page, Rooney explained that while he still receives phone calls from England manager Gareth Southgate, he would rather plough all of his energies into his club, Everton.

After striking in Everton's draw at Manchester City, the 31-year-old now has two goals in as many Premier League games since leaving Manchester United to rejoin his boyhood club.

Rooney met with Gareth Southgate earlier in the week to discuss taking part in England's upcoming games against Malta and Slovakia, but politely turned down the call-up in favour of bowing out and giving somebody else a crack at it.

It was another promising display from rejuvenated Rooney, who ran further than any other Everton player on Monday evening. Along with David Beckham, Rooney is the most red carded player for England, having been sent off twice.