Rooney to quit Eng­land af­ter 2018

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WAYNE Rooney will end his Eng­land ca­reer af­ter the 2018 World Cup in Rus­sia, the striker said yes­ter­day.

The 30-year-old made his an­nounce­ment at a news con­fer­ence ahead of the World Cup qual­i­fier against Slo­vakia on Sun­day, when he 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.

Four man­agers and 12 years later, how­ever, Rooney ac­cepts there has been a fa­mil­iar tale of Eng­land un­der-achieve­ment.

“We have to (move on from pre­vi­ous dis­ap­point­ments). You can’t just for­get it (Euro 2016) but it’s a new era for us. A new man­ager. I seem to say that af­ter ev­ery tour­na­ment.

“We have to work out how we can go one step fur­ther in tour­na­ment play.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to this new regime. I’m ex­cited by the play­ers in­volved at the mo­ment and, although there have been ques­tions about my fu­ture, I said straight af­ter the Eu­ros that I wanted to still be in­volved,” he added.

“When Sam got the job I made that clear to him and here we are. Sam is a re­laxed guy. The camp has been good, we have only had one ses­sion, but we are all ex­cited about what ideas he can bring to us.”

Rooney said he was happy to play any­where for Eng­land although Al­lardyce has said he will ask him to fill a num­ber 10 role as op­posed to the mid­field po­si­tion where pre­vi­ous man­ager Roy Hodg­son de­ployed him at Euro 2016.

“Ob­vi­ously, it’s the man­ager’s de­ci­sion,” Rooney said. “We haven’t re­ally spo­ken about it — we will in the next cou­ple of days. I’m ready to play whether it’s mid­field, num­ber 10 or striker.” — Reuters

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