Ronald Koeman happy with Wayne Rooney's global retirement call

Tottenham striker Harry Kane 24 has already scored 78 Premier League goals

Tottenham striker Harry Kane 24 has already scored 78 Premier League goals

His strong start to life back at Everton - with two goals in two Premier League games - had fuelled speculation that Rooney was set to feature heavily in Southgate's plans, ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

England record-scorer Wayne Rooney called time on his often tempestuous global career on Wednesday, retiring from duty after spurning an offer to return to the squad.

"I think it's a great decision for everyone, even England really". However, having already thought long and hard, I told him I had chose to retire for good from worldwide football. I have discussed it with my family and Everton's manager. There's always the decision by the player and of course I respect that. He's a top player who can help the team and he's a really top player. "But I believe now is the time to bow out", the former Manchester United striker added.

The only blemish is his failure to transform England into a global force, but even Barcelona icon Lionel Messi has found replicating his sublime club form on the worldwide scene harder than he might have imagined. "Now I want to focus all my energies on helping them be successful", he said.

Former West Ham United manager, Sam Allardyce believes that Wayne Rooney has made a "fantastic" decision by retiring from worldwide football.

It was on the 4th of September, 2016, that the striker broke yet another record in his fine England career. Calls to hotels and mobile phones were being fielded from around the world, seeking the story of the Croxteth boy who played in an untamed style that had suddenly transformed him into a superstar.

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Rooney had made his debut, and become England's youngest player at 17 years and 111 days, in a defeat by Australia at Upton Park in February 2003.

"Everton will benefit hugely I'm sure because he won't be flying around the world playing in tournaments, qualifiers and the rest", he told BBC Radio 5 live.

Rooney's England career spanned 14 years and while his achievements were considerable, he also acknowledged the ongoing disappointment at recent performances in major competitions. So many players of his stature would sulk if asked to play somewhere that they didn't consider their best position, but Wayne didn't. "If not, we would be delighted he gets a rest and is ready to go for us".

"His record for his country and for the teams he has played for has been second to none. No-one enjoyed playing for England more than Wayne Rooney".

"I think generally we're trying to engage former England players more than we have done in the past". I think it's been a new beginning for the last three years.

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