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Eriksson: Rooney Has Retired From England Too Early

Eriksson: Rooney Has Retired From England Too Early

Former England coach Sven Goran Eriksson believes Wayne Rooney’s retirement from the England national team is premature.

Record England scorer with 53 goals in 119 appearances, Rooney, 31, announced his international retirement on Wednesday.


The 69-year-old Eriksson, who gave Rooney his international debut in 2003, told Sky Sports on Wednesday: “If I was the manager I would try to convince him to delay it (the international retirement) until after the next World Cup.

“It is a fantastic career, sometimes he has been criticized but fact is fact – the games he has played and goals he has scored during my time were world class, you don’t score than number of goals without being world class.”

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  • IMO Rooney should go ahead and retire. What’s he still needed for in the national team for. He should leave when the ovation is loudest. With the crop of new generation of English players, there’s no need for sentiment to tweak formations in order to suit out of place Rooney.
    Trying to find a place for Rooney either as a forward, support, midfielder or even defensive midfield has made both England and Manchester United coaches to compromise their game plans to suit him. With Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Dele Alli, Marcus Rashford, Adam Llalana, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson and many more, Rooney has thought it wise to give the younger generation chance.