Published: Wed, August 31, 2016
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Wayne Rooney will call time on England career after Russian Federation 2018

Wayne Rooney will call time on England career after Russian Federation 2018

Speaking at St George's Park ahead of Sunday's opening 2018 World Cup qualifier in Slovakia, Rooney said: "Realistically I know myself that Russian Federation will be my last opportunity to do anything with England".

One of the key figures to don the England national football team jersey, Rooney has so far earned a total of 115 caps and scored 53 goals.

The 30-year-old now has 115 caps for the Three Lions - as many as David Beckham and second only to Peter Shilton - and there is every possibility that he will be England's most capped player ever by the time he retires after the next World Cup.

He said, "Come Russia I feel that will be the time to say goodbye to global football. My mind is made up".

Wayne Rooney insists Jose Mourinho has revived Manchester United's winning mentality after they have lacked confidence in recent years.

"I think it is still two years away but I started playing football professionally when I was 16, worldwide football when I was 17 so 15 years of global football is a lot of years and in my eyes I think that would be the right time to finish".

"Fifteen years is a lot".

"Where shall I play him?"

Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Antonio said: "I'm settling in quite well, it is just nerve-wracking a little bit because I didn't expect this so early in my Premier League career".

"So I'm going to try and enjoy these two years and hopefully I can end my career with England on a high".

19 - He has led England out as captain 19 times, as well as six other occasions when he has worn the armband for part of a game.

He explained: "It's only a day we've been together but you can see [Sam's] a relaxed guy". "I'm ready to play whether it's as a midfielder, as a number 10 or as a striker".

Lastly, he also talked about the new manager and the squad that is their at his disposal.

"Of course it will be a proud moment", Rooney said of becoming the most-capped outfield player, taking him nine behind Peter Shilton's overall record. The ability and talent is there. It's just a matter of getting on the training pitch. "We are a small margin away". He added, "He'll want to find out why we keep tripping up".

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