Wayne Rooney, England’s all-time top goalscorer, has announced his retirement from international football.

There aren’t many players in English football who can say that they have won sixteen trophies, but Wayne Rooney is a player who has achieved all of this during his thirteen year spell at Manchester United, something that is demonstrated in our infographic we have created on Rooney’s career.

Since leaving the Red Devils to return to Everton in the summer, Rooney has joined the 200 club, by scoring his 200th Premier League goal against his former club’s city rivals, Manchester City. Alan Shearer was the only member of the 200 club until that goal and you can bet on football that Rooney will still look to chase Shearer’s total of 260 Premier League goals.

Rooney is also joint 5th with Luis Suarez, Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero for having scored six Premier League hat-tricks. Alan Shearer’s eleven hat-tricks is unlikely to be caught by Rooney as he is in the latter stages of his illustrious career.

With all of this experience Rooney will be one of the figureheads at Everton and many of the younger players at the club will be turning to him to lead from the front. This is especially the case as the club has begun poorly, thanks to some difficult fixtures but now that some of the toughest games have been played, manager Koeman can look at picking up some vital points.

Here is a statement from Wayne on his decision to retire form international football:

It was great 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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steele
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Right decision, both for him and Everton. He isn't first choice for England, but still is for Everton. Maybe he can last one or two seasons more

Steve Wigan
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Eggs…I think it will be many years before some folk realise just what a player Rooney has been. Great to go out when in demand rather than when shown the door. The worldwide media interest this fella generates is amazing publicity for our club. I think he's struggling to see games out so it's probably a sensible decision. True. He's been done in the last 20 minutes of both Prem games so far, and I think we need to rely on RK to manage him sensibly. Having said that, he does need to playing regularly ,this will consolidate his fitness… Read more »
Smig1878
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Really pleased he was allowed to leave on his terms good mark of respect that he deserved, similar to the way United conducted his exit to us. Everton will massively benefit.

Rugby Toffee
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Good move for us…I am moist at the thought of lifting a trophy this season

everton
Member

Almost everything Rooney has said or done since his return has made me nauseous and cringe with embarrassment but this is spot on.

Great to see and gives me hope that I may again one day come to tolerate the man!

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