Wayne Rooney has claimed that he is retiring from international football for good after his 120th appearance for England against the USA on Thursday night.
Rooney came on as a second-half substitute replacing his former Manchester United teammate Jesse Lingard as the former captain made his final cap for the Three Lions in the 3-0 win over the USA.
The all-time England top scorer had not played for England for two years ago, but the game was for promoting ‘The Wayne Rooney Foundation’ while the match was named ‘The Wayne Rooney Foundation International’.
Former England and United full-back Gary Neville had claimed ahead of the game that the 33-year-old was in Gareth Southgate’s squad on merit.
However, the veteran striker has made it clear after the Thursday’s game that he is hanging up his international boots for good.
“It has been fun being around the players, it’s been great seeing how they work and have improved. I’ve said my own personal thanks but I want to say thank you to the FA, to Gareth Southgate and to the players for the opportunity,” he said.
“Tonight was great, a great way to finish my international career, I thought the lads played great. Unfortunately ,I couldn’t get a goal but I’ll remember it for a long time.”
“I’m not a player who hasn’t played for a year and come back, I’ve been playing at a high level. I think I fitted in well.”
“It’s two years since I’ve played for England and I’m proud to be the record goalscorer for England.”
Wayne Rooney has played his final game for England:
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Neville, who was a commentator for Sky Sports before the kick-off, said: “I think if he scores a goal he’s likely to go and grab Gareth Southgate at the end and try and keep him in the squad for Sunday as well.”
“He will want to make a mark, he’ll want to go out with a goal obviously. I’d imagine he will be in the box at every opportunity.”