Wayne Rooney retires from England duty

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Wayne Rooney's retirement from worldwide football marks the end of an era, according to Football Association chairman Greg Clarke.

Lineker, who scored 48 times in his 80 global appearances, said Rooney had too often during his worldwide career carried the burden of being the national side's only world-class player.

Rooney never progressed beyond the quarterfinals of a tournament with England and his struggles on the global stage often saw him cast as the fall guy for his country's inability to come close to adding to its solitary title in the 1966 World Cup.

Captaining his country to a 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over old foes Scotland last November proved his final appearance. Forever a #ThreeLions legend.

The former Red Devil calls time on his global career at a time when fans and players were urging manager Gareth Southgate to recall the veteran striker by naming him in his latest squad for upcoming clashes with Malta and Slovakia.

"One of my very few regrets is not to have been part of a successful England tournament side", Rooney said.

"Having already thought long and hard, I told Gareth that I had now chose to retire for good from global football".

'But I believe now is the time to bow out'.

He also added, "It is a really tough decision and one I have discussed with my family, my manager at Everton and those closest to me".

'Realistically I know myself that Russian Federation will be my last opportunity to do anything with England, ' he said back in August 2016. Now I want to focus all my energies on helping them be successful.

The English star stressed that he would always remain "a passionate England fan".

Dreams can come true and playing for @England has been exactly that.

14 years back Rooney made his debut for England and it is an end to an illustrious career.

On a day when the former Manchester United captain announced he would not play for England any more, Clarke said: "Today marks the end of an era in global football".

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