Wayne Rooney showered with praise after announcing England retirement

Record at 17 to striking down Scotland – Rooney's top five England performances

Record at 17 to striking down Scotland – Rooney's top five England performances

"It was great that Gareth Southgate called me this week to tell me he wanted me back in the England squad for the upcoming matches".

Rooney's announcement of his retirement from the worldwide stage on Wednesday brought the curtain down on an England career that began in a blaze of hyperbole and ended with the Everton star rejecting Gareth Southgate's offer of a return to the fold.

Wayne Rooney's retirement from the England national team is the best choice for both the player and Everton as it allows the 31-year-old more time to recover his fitness during a busy domestic schedule, his club's manager Ronald Koeman has said.

England wins in which Rooney appeared.

He added: "Playing for England has always been special to me".

The 2010 World Cup in South Africa was supposed to be Rooney's tournament after a fine campaign with United, but his most memorable contribution came at the end of a 0-0 draw against Algeria when he turned to the camera and criticised England supporters for booing their own side. "Every time I was selected as a player or captain was a real privilege and I thank everyone who helped me".

Koeman, who earned 78 caps for the Netherlands as a player, also said that he did not advise Rooney, who scored 53 goals for England, on his decision to retire. I think it is a good decision for him and a good decision for Everton.

"If I was the manager I would try to convince him to delay it (his worldwide retirement) until after the World Cup. I think England still needs him".

Sven-Goran Eriksson, who first called up Rooney as a 17-year-old in 2003, felt Rooney could play at the highest level with England.

New England boss Southgate decided against including Rooney for the World Cup qualifier against Scotland in Glasgow in June and for the friendly against France in Paris three days later.

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