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Alan Shearer urges Wayne Rooney to retire from England duty

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Alan Shearer has urged Wayne Rooney to make a tough decision in order to prolong his career at Manchester United.

Rooney's performances at Old Trafford have been under the spotlight for the last few years after his influence in the team has diminished in recent times.

And although it was his brilliant run and pass which set up Marcus Rashford's stoppage time winner against Hull on Saturday, he has been urged to call time on his international career.

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Shearer spent over three years as England captain but was considered to have quit the national team prematurely at the age of 29.

But the now BBC pundit has claimed that the demands of playing domestically and internationally can take its toll, particularly when you have been playing as long as Rooney has.

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Shearer wrote in The Sun: "It is time for Rooney to be selfish and start thinking just about himself. And that, I really regret to say, means his retirement from international football.

"I don’t say this in the belief that he is no longer good enough for England — he is.

"But he is 30 now and captaining your club and country, satisfying the demand to play at the top level for both, gets harder."

Rooney has been named in Sam Allardyce's first England squad to take on Slovakia this week and has expressed no desire to retire since the team embarrassingly crashed out of Euro 2016 to Iceland.

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But Shearer thinks now is the perfect time for the forward to step down and give someone else a chance in Allardyce's new setup.

He added: "Rooney can feel no shame if he takes the decision.

"He has been selfless in his approach to England, often playing through injury to make sure he represents his country.

"He is our all-time record goalscorer and wears that shirt with pride.

"It has not gone well for him in major finals, not least in France at the Euros. But there has never been a lack of effort."

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With Manchester United also competing in the Europa League this season, there will be even more workload placed on Rooney's shoulders and it will be up to Jose Mourinho and Allardyce to ensure he doesn't burn out halfway through the campaign.

Rooney made his England debut 13 years ago, and although his exciting potential never materialised into success at a major tournament, his international career has certainly produced some brilliant memories and records that will not be forgotten should he decide to follow Shearer's advice.

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Topics:
Wayne Rooney
Alan Shearer
Manchester United
England Football
Football
Premier League
Sam Allardyce

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