Rooney reiterates retirement

Former England captain Wayne Rooney has reiterated that he will not go back on his decision to quit international football.

Rooney was set to be recalled by Three Lions chief Gareth Southgate for this month’s World Cup qualifiers after showing a real up-turn in form following his summer switch back to Everton from Manchester United.

The 31-year-old, the all-time top-scorer for his country, has opted to quit international football.

“My mind’s made up. I’ve seen it a few times when players come out of retirement and gone to tournaments and it’s not right,” he said.

“I think the lads now who are trying to qualify for Russia, if they get there they’re the players who will deserve to play in the tournament, so my decision is made.”

Bookmakers remain unconvinced that Rooney will stick to his word and not play for England again.

PaddyPower Spokesman Paddy Power said: “Will Wayne Roo his decision to walk out on England? Maybe, though I’m not sure the feeling would be mutual.

“His career has been a hell of a story, and what better ending than a triumphant Roo-turn with the Three Lions in Russia?

“And, by triumphant, I mean a first knock-out round departure on penalties.”

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