Manchester United star Wayne Rooney says he will retire from international football at the end of 2018 World Cup campaign.
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The England captain believes Russia 2018 will be his last chance to achieve anything with the national team.
He reveals in an interview:
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.
I said before the Euros I enjoyed playing in this team, and that’s the case still. There were some questions about whether I should stop playing, but I am looking forward to getting back on the pitch.
I made my mind up before the Euros, whether we did well or not, that I was going to continue. I’ve had nothing to think about since then.
Russia will be my last tournament. My mind’s made up. I’ve enjoyed some highs and some lows.
The England captain adds that he’s yet to know what roles he’ll be playing under new manager Sam Allardyce as both men haven’t discussed details. There are speculations that Rooney will be playing as a No.10 rather than the deeper midfield role.
In his words:
It’s the manager’s decision. We haven’t spoken about that, in the next few days we’ll speak about it more, whether it’s as a midfielder or attacker.
It’s only a day we’ve been together, but you can see he’s a relaxed guy, and since we’ve been here the camp has been good. It’s just a matter of getting on the training pitch.
I’m looking forward to getting back on the pitch. We have bad memories from the last game obviously. We have to put it behind us.
It was disappointing the way we went out of the tournament, you can’t forget it, but it’s a new era for us, a new manager.
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Good news for Rooney, who’s England teammate has been granted permission to leave Manchester City after being dropped by Pep Guardiola.
Hart is set to seal a deal with Torino in the coming days to ensure he will keep playing games.
Joe’s been in a difficult situation with his club. I’m pleased for him he’s getting a move.