'Rooney's decision to leave United understandable'

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Jose Mourinho has congratulated former Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney on his worldwide career after he retired from England duty this week.

The 31-year-old, who joined Everton earlier this summer, announced last year that he planned to retire from the England set-up following the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

And the Portuguese believes his former captain will be sorely missed by England when everyone realises just how big a role in played in the national side. "But he has to be playing over a long period of time to be successful and selected".

However, Rooney informed Southgate of his decision to quit worldwide football for good in the same phone conversation.

Rooney's retirement from England duty comes 14 years on from earning his first cap in February 2003 against Australia.

Rooney scored 53 global goals to make him England's most prolific worldwide, also appearing 119 times - ranking second for caps behind only Peter Shilton.

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Since then, the Evertonian has gone on to be one of the world's most renowned strikers delivering record-breaking performances for both club and country.

"Raheem Sterling can also play in the No.10 position too".

Other players paid tribute to the forward, including previous global strike partner Harry Kane.

Sir Geoff Hurst believes Gareth Southgate should officially call time on Wayne Rooney's worldwide career, despite the prospect of an upcoming recall.

This week Wayne Rooney joined Alan Shearer in the Premier League's 200 goal club, we look forward to watching his continued success at Everton for years to come!

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