Wayne Rooney's worldwide retirement sees last of England's golden generation depart

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England's all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney has retired from global football after turning down the chance to be part of the squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers.

Wayne Rooney, 31, England's all-time top scorer, has announced his immediate retirement from worldwide football.

Rooney, who rejoined Everton from Manchester United in July, ended his 14-year England career when the country's all-time leading scorer announced his worldwide retirement on Wednesday.

Former England manager Fabio Capello, built the entire England team around Rooney as his number 10 during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Elaborating on his decision to call curtains on global duty, Rooney revealed that although manager Gareth Southgate wanted to recall him to the squad for the forthcoming games, he informed him that he has now chose to shift his focus entirely to Everton.

"I think it's a great decision for everyone, even England really".

"I think so, I think he has been quite good making this announcement".

Leaving Manchester United was a tough call but I know I made the right decision in coming home to Everton. There's always the decision by the player and of course I respect that. He's a top player who can help the team.

"But I believe now is the time to bow out", he added.

A frustrated England drew 0-0 in a group match against Algeria, prompting English fans to boo their players, after a less than average performance.

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Current England manager Gareth Southgate, who had also turned his back on Rooney's selection for the national team, was not blind in noticing Rooney's new found form at Goodison Park and had made a call to Rooney before the Everton man announced his retirement. It was 2014 and the opponents were Uruguay, when the then Manchester United attacker scored his first World Cup goal as a late equaliser for his side.

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Another former boss Sven-Goran Eriksson believes Rooney should still be going to the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation as his country needs him.

One of Rooney's biggest regrets could be that he was never part of a successful England side.

Captaining England 29 times, Rooney's last appearance came in a win against Scotland in November.

"I am sure he will be happy".

As a 17-year-old prodigy, Rooney was the last of a particularly talented generation of players, who included Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, David Beckham and Paul Scholes.

"He was very good with me and the rest of the staff in putting across our messages to the players and keeping us informed on everything that was happening", he told BBC Radio 5 live. "If not, we would be delighted he gets a rest and is ready to go for us".

But Rooney, marching to his own drum until the end, preferred to focus on leading Everton to silverware instead. But as his pace slowed, England toyed with playing him in midfield, an experiment that ended in failure when England were knocked out of Euro 2016 by Iceland in the second round.