Wayne Rooney has confirmed he will retire from international duty after World 2018 regardless of whether England qualify or whether or not he is selected.
The Manchester United star is by far the most experienced member of the current Three Lions squad and has retained the role of captain under Sam Allardyce despite a disastrous Euro 2016 campaign.
A move to midfield appears to have spared him from a premature cull and he will lead England out in their first game since that embarrassing defeat to Iceland later this week.
An away game against Slovakia represents one of the trickier ties in their World Cup qualification group, which Rooney's team are expected to come through with ease.
And now the 30-year-old has an extra incentive to make sure England make it to Russia in two summer's time, as it will be his last chance to win something on the international stage. Ahead of the World Cup qualifier, Rooney said, if selected, he would retire after the tournament.
He said: "Russia will be my last tournament. My mind's made up. I've enjoyed some highs and some lows. That will be my last tournament - if selected.
"It will be my last opportunity to do anything with England. Hopefully I can end my time with England on a high."
Despite failing to guide England to even a semi-final in an international tournament, Rooney's influence on the national team will live on for generations. He recently became the country's all-time top goalscorer, taking over from Sir Bobby Charlton on 49 goals.
He currently has 53 and will be hoping to add significantly more against the likes of Malta and Lithuania.
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