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Read Wayne Rooney's full statement as he retires from England duty

Read Wayne Rooney's full statement and he retires from England duty

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Wayne Rooney has retired from England duty with a record 53-goal haul

Wayne Rooney has retired from England duty with a record 53-goal haul

Wayne Rooney has retired from England duty with a record 53-goal haul

Wayne Rooney says he wants to focus all his attention on making Everton successful as he announces his retirement from international football.

The 31 year-old moved back to his boyhood team during the summer and scored his first goal in his second stint at the club against Manchester City on Monday evening.

Rooney is England's record goal-scorer with 53 but now he has called time on his international career in order to prioritise Everton's season. He did back his national team to finally enjoy some success as he announced his decision.

Here's the full statement that appeared on the officialwaynerooney.com website.

Wayne Rooney's statement

It was great Gareth Southgate called me this week to tell me he wanted me back in the England squad for the upcoming matches. I really appreciated that.

However, having already thought long and hard, I told Gareth that I had now decided to retire for good from international football.

It is a really tough decision and one I have discussed with my family, my manager at Everton and those closest to me.

Playing for England has always been special to me. Every time I was selected as a player or captain was a real privilege and I thank everyone who helped me. But I believe now is the time to bow out.

Leaving Manchester United was a tough call but I know I made the right decision in coming home to Everton. Now I want to focus all my energies on helping them be successful.

I will always remain a passionate England fan. One of my very few regrets is not to have been part of a successful England tournament side. Hopefully the exciting players Gareth is bringing through can take that ambition further and I hope everyone will get behind the team.

One day the dream will come true and I look forward to being there as a fan – or in any capacity.

Belfast Telegraph