Rooney says he won’t walk away from England

Wayne Rooney says he doesn’t think he will ever walk away from international duty, having been awarded his 100th cap during England’s 3-1 win over Slovenia on Saturday, reports the Daily Mirror.

Rooney marked the occasion with the equaliser from the penalty spot, having previously insisted he would not follow the “mad” trend of players retiring from international duty.

The likes of Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard have all retired from international duty recently in order to prolong their club careers, but Rooney can’t see himself going down the same route after seeking advice from his wife.

The England captain said: “I can’t see myself stepping down from England, I don’t think so, no.

“A lot of the players I have played with over the last 10 years have – Steven, Frank, Ashley, Rio Ferdinand, they have all retired from internationals.

“But I actually spoke to my wife about it. I said it’s mad how all the players are retiring.

“When you get to a certain age, you almost feel like you have to do it to extend your club career.

“Coleen was actually very good. She was the one who said to me, ‘It’s a short career, you have plenty of time to have your time off with us as a family when you finish playing and you will regret it if you do retire’.

“I obviously thought, ‘Yes I would’. Football is what I love doing. I love playing for my country so I would regret it. That’s why I don’t think I ever would walk away. I’ve always said I understand that football is a short career and you’re retired a long time. I can say this now and you never know in the future.

“But I wouldn’t want to cut my career short for the sake of having a few more extra days off because when I finish playing I can have that time off and I know I would regret it.”


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