Rooney to retire from England duty after 2018 World Cup

Published On: August 30, 2016 06:34 PM NPT By: Associated Press

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, Aug 30: England captain Wayne Rooney says he will retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Rooney says "my mind is made up ... Russia will be my last tournament."

The Manchester United striker will be aged 32 by the time the World Cup comes around. He is currently tied with David Beckham as the most-capped England outfield player of all time, on 115 appearances.

Speaking on Tuesday ahead of the first match of England's World Cup qualifying campaign, against Slovakia on Sunday, Rooney said "realistically I know myself that Russia will be my last opportunity to do anything with England. Hopefully, I can end my time with England on a high."

Rooney has been England captain since 2014, and will keep the armband under new coach Sam Allardyce.


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