Wayne Rooney's five defining moments in an England shirt

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Having racked up 119 caps and 53 goals for England, Everton forward Wayne Rooney today announced his retirement from international football.

Beginning the season in fine form, the 31-year-old forward was expected to be recalled to Gareth Southgate's squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia.

The record goalscorer for Manchester United, Rooney re-joined his boyhood club over the summer as part of the deal which saw Romelu Lukaku go the other way.

He's scored two goals in his first two Premier League games of the campaign, including a goal at the stadium of his old foes Manchester City.

Proving that he still has plenty to offer at the top level, Rooney also became England's record goalscorer in 2015 after surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton's 49 goal haul.

Below is an extract from Rooney's statement released earlier on Wednesday:

"It was great Gareth Southgate called me this week to tell me he wanted me back in the England squad for the upcoming matches. I really appreciated that.


"However, having already thought long and hard, I told Gareth that I had now decided to retire for good from international football.

"Leaving Manchester United was a tough call but I know I made the right decision in coming home to Everton. Now I want to focus all my energies on helping them be successful."

His England career has had many ups and downs and we've put together his five most defining moments in an England shirt.


1. Announcing himself in style at EURO 2004

In truth, EURO 2004 was probably the peak of Rooney's England career. He was absolutely unstoppable - before sadly suffering a broken foot in the quarter-final against Portugal. Two brilliant goals against Croatia warned fans all over Europe of the 18-year-old's unlimited potential.

2. Silly red card at 2006 World Cup

His next major tournament ended in misery too. Rooney was picked despite being half-fit and was shown a red card for a vicious stamp on Ricardo Carvalho in the quarter-final penalty shoot-out defeat to Portugal.

3. Rant at the England fans at 2010 World Cup

Things did not go to plan for Fabio Capello's team at the South Africa World Cup. After the 0-0 group stage draw with Algeria, Rooney complained about the travelling England fans on camera. An apology swiftly followed.

4. 2014 World Cup goal v Uruguay

England suffered another humiliating group stage exit at the Brazil World Cup but England's talisman did manage his first World Cup goal. Rooney's equaliser against Uruguay sent the Three Lions wild before soon-to-bite Luis Suarez broke their hearts.

5. Scoring his 50th international goal - thus becoming England's leading scorer.

Sir Bobby Charlton's record had stood for 45 years before Rooney scored from the penalty spot in a 2-0 win over Switzerland in September 2015. On his 107th cap, he earned himself an exceptional place in England's history books.

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