Wayne Rooney ready to enjoy farewell after pressure of 'Golden Generation'

Lynette Rowe
November 15, 2018

"I'll take away being the record goalscorer and representing my country 119 times and feeling enormous pride doing that". While his form has been good in the MLS, some feel that he's taking the spot of players who are more deserving of a place in the squad.

"My decision to retire was the right decision", Rooney said. "But I'm not asking people to agree with it".

Is shown a red card in the World Cup 2006 quarter-final defeat to Portugal for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho, also becoming involved in an altercation with Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo following the incident.

"It's not important", Rooney said. "We both felt it was right now though".

And yet, somehow, amid all the tumult that existed alongside his England career, from stepping on Cristiano Ronaldo's testicles to Sam Allardyce, Rooney became England's all-time leading scorer, doing the same thing for England's most successful club as well.

"I haven't been in the squad since the Scotland game, partly through not playing for Manchester United and the second part through making the decision to retire from worldwide football", Rooney said.

Another global goal for Rooney on his 100th England appearance.

Rooney can not wait for his four boys to see him take the field in an England shirt one last time, especially the fact his youngest Cass Mac will be in the ground, before the family continue their new life in Washington.

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The fact he still plays at a high level and was in the Premier League and in England squads last season, plus had great success in his first few months at D.C. United, makes this situation a little different and a little more complex.

"No, I think I made the decision to obviously go to the States and I intend to stick with that", he said.

"Although it wasn't a great year, I took a lot from it".

"It's important to me that I give my full commitment to DC United".

"I only knew it was going to happen a couple of weeks ago". "It wouldn't be fair for me to be coming back and making them move again".

England´s striker Wayne Rooney attends a press conference during a media day at St George´s Park in Burton-on-Trent, central England on November 13, 2018, ahead of their worldwide friendly football match against the United States of America on November 15.

He added: "It is something I am looking forward to".

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