Rooney scored 53 times in 119 games. 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.
Wayne Rooney, England's all-time leading goalscorer, has announced his international retirement.Developing story: https://t.co/JPntG6RCS8 pic.twitter.com/KoZzPBtuUc — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 23, 2017
Wayne Rooney retires as England's all-time leading goalscorer https://t.co/KkbzZtvaJO pic.twitter.com/kQhDgR3CUh — Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) August 23, 2017It 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.