Wayne Rooney has announced his retirement from international football with immediate effect, expressing his desire to concentrate on winning trophies with Everton.
The 31-year-old became England's all-time record goalscorer and has been on the fringes of Gareth Southgate's team since as the England manager looks to a future without him.
Having seen the impact Rooney has made at Everton so far since returning to Goodison Park, Southgate was considering recalling him to the international fold but the forward has taken the decision out of his hands.
"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. I really appreciated that," Rooney said.
"However, having already thought long and hard, I told Gareth that I had now decided to retire for good from international football.
"It is a really tough decision and one I have discussed with my family, my manager at Everton and those closest to me.
"Playing for England has always been special to me. Every time I was selected as a player or captain was a real privilege and I thank everyone who helped me. But I believe now is the time to bow out.
"Leaving Manchester United was a tough call but I know I made the right decision in coming home to Everton. Now I want to focus all my energies on helping them be successful. I will always remain a passionate England fan.
"One of my very few regrets is not to have been part of a successful England tournament side.
"Hopefully the exciting players Gareth is bringing through can take that ambition further and I hope everyone will get behind the team.
"One day the dream will come true and I look forward to being there as a fan - or in any capacity."
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