England’s Wayne Rooney announces international retirement

The news hit the footballing world by a blast. Despite making a comeback to his former club Everton and slowly regaining the form that he had a couple of years ago, Wayne Rooney has now taken his international retirement from England’s National Team and caused an outburst of reactions all cross the footballing world, shocking even some of his teammates and former coaches.

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Wayne Rooney announced the news through his official website, then via his Twitter account earlier today. “Dreams can come true and playing for England has been exactly that. Thanks to everyone involved, it’s been amazing,” the forward posted on social media.

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Rooney has been hitting multiple milestones in the past couple of years; just last week, he became the second player in the history of the Premier League to score 200 goals, joining Alan Shearer at the top of the all-time Premier League scoring table.

Rooney has had a lengthy career with the Three Lions, beating in fact many goalscoring and precocity records. His first cap came on 12 February 2003, when he entered at half-time against Australia at the age of 17 years and 111 days – this would be the long-standing record of youngest player to ever play for England.

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In September of that same year, Rooney earned his first goal against Macedonia and became England’s youngest goalscorer at the age of 17 years and 317 days.

Nearly thirteen years later, he would score his 53rd international goal and surpass Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record for the Three Lions.

Najib Guiti is the man behind the curtains, as well as the founder of the eponymous news website; he has written for various different news outlets in the British, American press and has had a successful career in football news reporting, mostly through his influence and presence on social media. He aims to integrate statistics in the sport whilst keeping his analysis focused on the non-quantifiable parts of the Game such as tactics and playing style.

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