Hurst thinks England should give up on Rooney

Sir Geoff Hurst has urged England manager Gareth Southgate to revive Wayne Rooney’s international career.

The 31-year-old has not represented his country since November last year due to a lack of playing time while at Manchester United.

After dropping down the pecking order at Old Trafford, Rooney was also phased out of the Three Lions squad.

However, since returning to his boyhood club Everton, the striker has found a new lease of life, scoring in both of the Toffees’ Premier League games so far this season.

On Monday night, Rooney racked up another achievement by scoring his 200th goal in England’s top flight during a 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

Southgate has watched the striker twice already this season, and questions have been asked about the Everton star’s possible return to the international fold ahead of World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Lithuania next month.

Hurst, though, believes that it is time for Rooney to call an end to his England career.

The 1966 World Cup winner told talkSPORT:

“[Southgate] has made some bold decisions and I think the bold one he can make is, for me, to say it’s the end of Wayne Rooney’s international career. He has been an absolutely fantastic player. At club level he wasn’t playing regularly for Manchester United last season, which is an indication, and if you are not playing regularly at club level you certainly should not represent England in my opinion.

“I wouldn’t necessary call it a bold decision to not play Wayne Rooney anymore, but if I were in charge of the national team I would call Wayne up and say, ‘thanks very much’.

“He has been a fantastic player, one of the greatest players in this country but old Father Time, and I have been there as a striker, comes where you lose a bit of sharpness and I think his time playing for England is over.”