Rooney retires from intl football

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wearing a cap was at the Etihad to watch the game

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wearing a cap was at the Etihad to watch the game

"It is as if over the last two or three years people would not have been satisfied until they saw him out of the England squad and out of the Manchester United team", said Gary Neville, Wayne Rooney's former global team-mate and coach.

Rooney shocked many yesterday by abruptly announcing his retirement from worldwide duty for the England national team and following the decision from the 31-year-old, Pogba has gone on to hail his former teammate for his achievements for the Three Lions.

"England's highest ever goalscorer calls it a day". When we decided we wanted to totally rejuvenate the team, we took chances in a way with a lot of "young players" who certainly didn't have the experience necessary to take on the responsibility of playing for England. Along with David Beckham, Rooney is the most red carded player for England, having been sent off twice.

"Today marks the end of an era in global football", said Clarke.

The incident made waves around the world as Rooney's Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, openly sought some kind of punishment for Rooney from the referee.

England secured their passage to the quarter-finals of the tournament with a goal-laden win over Croatia, in a game that confirmed Rooney had indeed arrived on the world stage.

Many players have achieved 200 goals in Europe's top leagues, but we only focused on certain stars in our gallery, such as Real Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez, who found the net on 228 occasions in La Liga. A three lions legend. One of my greatest regrets is that I have not won a major global tournament with my country, "he concluded".

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Rooney's association with the team coincided with its continued decline as a world soccer power.

"At youth level, that hasn't really happened for England over the years".

In 2014, he did at last score a World Cup goal, but it wasn't enough to prevent England finishing bottom of their group.

Ironically, the 31-year-old's recent club form suggested that he might be able to achieve it, with two goals in as many matches since returning to Everton last month.

1 - In those 21 tournament outings, he scored seven goals and registered two assists. In a tight match Rooney's fragile temperament was his downfall as he stamped on Ricardo Carvalho right in front of refereee Horacio Elizondo. He went on to break Bobby Charlton's record with a goal against Switzerland in September 2015 at Wembley.

He teed up Paul Scholes to cancel out Niko Kovac's early opener before blasting home from 20 yards to put England in front, and he swept home a cool second from Michael Owen's pass midway through the second half before Frank Lampard eventually made the points safe.

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