BBC:-England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney has released a statement explaining his decision to retire from international football, revealing that coach Gareth Southgate had wanted to recall him to the national squad.
“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.”