Wednesday was a somber day for England football fans as their former captain Wayne Rooney
has decided to the hang his football boots for good.
The Everton striker made the announcement via his official website
After being called back to the national squad, he said that he had gave it “much thought” and 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
The 31-year-old football star ended his 14-year
international career with a total of 119 appearances
. He is also England’s highest ever goal scorer to date with 53 goals
Recently, the former Manchester United player joined Alan Shearer as only the second person to score 200 goals in the Premier League. Shearer is currently the top scorer in the Premier League history with 260 goals.
Fans, former teammates, and other international football stars took to Twitter to share their thoughts following Rooney’s announcement. Many of them expressed how proud they were of his career.
Rooney hopes that England will have a more successful stint in the future and he “will always be a passionate fan” and he looks forward to watch their matches in the future as a fan.