And so it has come to an end!
Wayne Rooney’s England career has finally come to an end. His recent performances suggest that Rooney was still able to play a role in the national setup.
But for a man who has always been a first team starter ever since he was 18, a bit part role would not have enticed the proud Evertonian.
Perhaps tellingly, Rooney announced his retirement just a few days before the English squad was announced, was gives us an indication that England’s record goal scorer may not have been in Gareth Southgate’s plans for the World Cup in a year’s time.
Here are some of the best tweets, as Twitter mourns Wayne Rooney’s decision to retire from international football.
England's highest ever goalscorer calls it a day. Congratulations to @WayneRooney on a magnificent international career. A player's player.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 23, 2017
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 23, 2017
Wayne Rooney is a player who's career we will only appreciate once he fully retires. He's one of, if not, the best players we've produced.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) August 23, 2017
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) August 23, 2017
— ITV News (@itvnews) August 23, 2017
It's such a shame some people don't take into consideration Wayne Rooney in his prime. Gave his all for England. Sad to see him retire. pic.twitter.com/2gU7xEsxwr
— Jordan Clarke (@FourFourJordan) August 23, 2017
England Legend. United Legend.
Wayne Rooney. pic.twitter.com/Hv6TnVseT3
— GB (@GB_Graphic) August 23, 2017
⚽️ 119 caps
⚽️ 71 wins
⚽️ 53 goals
A record breaker. A legend.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 23, 2017