Manchester United Captain Wayne Rooney has confirmed that he will quit international football after the Russia 2018 World Cup.
The former Everton youngster will be 32 during the tournament and feels that would be the perfect time to say farewell to the Three Lions after breaking every record available with the national team and currently the all-time topscorer.
Rooney was yesterday confirmed as the Captain of the national team by new manager Sam Allardyce but looks like he will serve for just two years under the former Bolton and Sunderland manager.
“Obviously i’ve been selected and I made my mind up before the Euros whether we did well or not that I’d continue so over the last few weeks I’ve had nothing to think about in terms of England,” Rooney told a news conference on Tuesday.
“I’ve had a fantastic international career so far and played a lot of games and enjoyed every minute but at some point it’s going to come to an end.
“I’m not old, I’m 30, and come Russia that’ll be the time for me to say goodbye to international football.
“My mind is made up but it depends on Sam Allardyce, that’ll be my last tournament if selected. There have been highs and lows but I’m a proud man.
“It’s still two years away and I started playing professional football at 16 and international when I was 17 so it’ll have been 15 years, it’s a lot of years and I think that’ll be the right time to finish.”
Rooney will lead England out against Slovakia in the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier on Sunday.