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Wayne Rooney retires from international football

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By Everton Gayle
Wayne Rooney retires from international football

<p>Wayne Rooney has decided to call time on his international career.</p> <p>Following talks with manager Gareth Southgate, he will also end his time as England captain.</p> <p>The 31-year-old forward became the youngest player to play for England with his first cap aged 17 years and 211 days in February 2003.</p> <p>He went on to make 119 appearances for England , the most for an outfield player. Only goalkeeper Peter Shilton has more appearances.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Dreams can come true and playing for <a href="https://twitter.com/England"><code>England</a> has been exactly that. Thanks to everyone involved it's been amazing - <a href="https://t.co/GfiT7oVCpx">https://t.co/GfiT7oVCpx</a></p>— Wayne Rooney (</code>WayneRooney) <a href="https://twitter.com/WayneRooney/status/900329187923329028">23 August 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>With 53 goals he has scored more than any other player for his country.</p> <p>Rooney has re-joined his boyhood club Everton after 13 years at Manchester United.</p> <p>“Having already thought long and hard, I told [England manager] Gareth [Southgate] that I had now decided to retire for good from international football,” Rooney said.</p> <p>“It is a really tough decision and one I have discussed with my family, my manager at Everton and those closest to me.”</p> <p>The announcement comes ahead of England’s World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia next month.</p>