Wayne Rooney has today announced that he has taken the decision to retroactively retire from international football in 2012.
Speaking to media for the first time since England’s Euro 2016 elimination at the hands of Iceland, the Manchester United captain explained his decision.
“After consultation with my agent, my family and my close friends, I have taken the difficult decision to retire from international football,” said the 30-year-old Evertonian, adding that after much deliberation he felt the time was right to hang up his boots four years ago.
“I’ve had a wonderful career with England and will always be proud of my achievements. But there comes a time when you have to accept your limitations and try to go out on top. Retiring in 2012 is the right thing to do. The last thing I want would be to continue playing and find myself utterly out of my depth.”
At press time, Rooney revealed that depending on the success of his next season at Old Trafford, he may soon retroactively retire from all forms of football in 2014.