Wayne Rooney´s England career in numbers

Sven-Goran Eriksson introduced the then Everton forward as a substitute for the second half and while it was an ignominious occasion with England losing 3-1, it was also an historic one: Rooney became England's youngest ever player.

" Gareth Southgate called me this week to show me back with the English band for the next rally, I really enjoyed it. I really appreciated that", the 31-year-old said in a statement. "I told Gareth that I already had thought hard and long about this issue and I finally decided that I should take retirement from the global football".

Rooney shocked many yesterday by abruptly announcing his retirement from worldwide duty for the England national team and following the decision from the 31-year-old, Pogba has gone on to hail his former teammate for his achievements for the Three Lions.

Rooney´s goal on Monday meant he became only the second player to score 200 Premier League goals behind another former England striker Alan Shearer.

17 - Age Rooney made his worldwide debut as a substitute in a friendly against Australia in February 2003.

It was undoubtedly this return to form that caused the England manager to reconsider Rooney for the forthcoming games against Malta and Slovakia but Rooney announced that he wants to focus all his energies on Everton.

1 - He has scored only once at a World Cup, against Uruguay in 2014.

Rooney made 119 appearances his country, more than any other outfield player, and while silverware has eluded him, it's not been without high points.

The former Manchester United captain scored 53 times in 119 internationals making him England's all-time leading goalscorer.

"If you reach the group stage of the Europa League and have worldwide duty, then that is a really tough programme".

"He has been a fantastic player, one of the greatest players in this country but old Father Time, and I have been there as a striker, comes where you lose a bit of sharpness and I think his time playing for England is over". Hopefully, the exciting players Gareth is bringing through can take that ambition further.

"I'm not a gambling man and never have been, but if I was such a person I certainly wouldn't put any money on Wayne, in that situation, refusing to come out of retirement", Hodgson told Sky Sports.

Rooney had been given the chance to return to Gareth Southgate's squad for the first time since November 2016, but instead opted to walk away ahead of next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Rooney has, though, left an indelible mark on the national game.

Captaining England 29 times, Rooney's last appearance came in a win against Scotland in November.

"Wayne Rooney is an icon of his generation and an undoubted legend of the game".

Vanessa Coleman

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