Everton boss Ronald Koeman backs Wayne Rooney's worldwide retirement

Everton boss Ronald Koeman backs Wayne Rooney's worldwide retirement

Rooney announced yesterday that he had made a decision to retire from global football after rejecting a call-up for the World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia next month.

After announcing his retirement from global football yesterday, he said: "One of my very few regrets is not to have been part of a successful England tournament side".

After 53 goals and 119 caps for England, national team captain Rooney called it quits on Wednesday.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman welcomes the call made by Wayne Rooney to end his global career, but says that he had no say in the decision.

Official statement from Rooney: "I appreciated that Gareth Southgate called me and told he wants me back in the England squad".

Allardyce believes that Rooney's decision to quit global football is good news for Everton, as the Toffees will get some quality three to four years of service from him. It is always the player's decision, and of course, I respect that. Playing for England has always been special, it was a privilege, but I think it's time to stop. "But I believe now is the time to bow out", the former Manchester United striker added.

The decision has sparked widespread discussion about whether the former Manchester United striker should be regarded as one of the greatest players to turn out for the national side.

"If I was the manager I would try to convince him to delay it (the global retirement) until after the next World Cup." - former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, who gave Rooney his debut in 2003 and for whom he shone at Euro 2004, to Sky Sports. The defender did however represent England in the World Cup in 2014 and at Euro 2016 where he was vice captain to Wayne Rooney.

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Yet, despite being within touching distance of Peter Shilton's record 125-cap haul for England, Rooney has made a decision to walk away with what already is a remarkable record. For all the occasional demands for Rooney to be dropped during his England career, there was rarely much proof they would have been a better team without him.

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

17 Age at which he made his worldwide debut - as a substitute in a friendly v Australia in February 2003.

"I am sure he will be happy". "It would be a good moment to recognise what an outstanding player he has been for England", Southgate said.

"He is England's top goalscorer". So far, in pre-season and in Europe, he has been one of our best players. "If not, we would be delighted he gets a rest and is ready to go for us". This will now be Rooney's sole playing focus.

His first England goal came against Macedonia in September of the same year and led to him becoming an automatic choice for the side that entered Euro 2004.

"I think generally we're trying to engage former England players more than we have done in the past".

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