England captain Wayne Rooney announces he will retire from international soccer after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Rooney to quit England after 2018 World Cup
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1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND CAPTAIN WAYNE ROONEY SAYING:
“Come Russia I feel it will be the time to say goodbye to international football. My mind’s made up, obviously that’s down to Sam Allardyce again over the next two years but that will be my last tournament.”
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3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND CAPTAIN WAYNE ROONEY SAYING:
“Russia will be my last opportunity to do anything with England so I’m going to try to enjoy these two years and then hopefully I can end my time playing for England on a high.”
STORY: Wayne Rooney will end his England career after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the striker said on Tuesday (August 30).
The 30-year-old made his announcement at a news conference ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on Sunday when will set a new record for an England outfield player, ahead of David Beckham, by winning his 116th cap.
“Come Russia I feel that will be the time for me to say goodbye to international football, my mind is made up, said Rooney, who was reappointed England captain by new manager Sam Allardyce on Monday.
“Russia will be my last opportunity to do anything with England so I’m going to try to enjoy these two years and hopefully I can end my time with England on a high,” he said.
England’s record goalscorer with 53 goals, Rooney has been a stalwart for his country since bursting on to the international scene under Sven-Goran Eriksson at Euro 2004.