Wayne Rooney confirms England retirement in 2018
Rooney set to retire from international football after 2018 World Cup
August 30th, 2016
Wayne Rooney has been named as England captain for the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign and he’ll lead the team out in Slovakia on Sunday.
However, the Manchester United forward has confirmed that he will be retiring from international football duty after this latest campaign, with Rooney deciding to call it a day whatever happens with England in Russia.
The Three Lions are highly likely to reach the World Cup and Rooney will hope to go out on a high in Russia, with the England skipper part of a failed Euro 2016 campaign where the team bowed out to Iceland in sombre fashion.
Sam Allardyce is keen to deploy Rooney in a number ten position for England, with the manager claiming it was an “easy decision” to keep the faith with the current captain.
He also admitted that Marcus Rashford has given him food for thought after scoring the winner at Hull on Saturday, while Ross Barkley remains on the radar too.
“As soon as he (Rashford) scored that goal I was pleased for him and I knew it would bring a bit of: ‘Why have you not included him?’ I just hope what he did in 15 minutes or so makes José put him in the team more, which makes my choice when it comes round next time easier,” Allardyce said. “If he plays on a regular basis for Manchester United he will be in my squad.”
“I wouldn’t say I don’t fancy Barkley and Wilshere. Ross is a difficult one but the change of position for Wayne makes it difficult for Ross. It may be that Wayne is listed on the squad as a midfielder but he is playing behind the front man at Manchester United,” the England manager said.