Rooney sets international retirement date

Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney has confirmed he intends to retire from international football following the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The 30-year-old feels he still has plenty to offer the Three Lions over the next couple of years, but does not envisage representing his country beyond the next World Cup.

While that fateful day is still some way off, Rooney says his "mind is made up". However, the forward admits he could play on beyond that date if England boss Sam Allardyce requires his services.

"Obviously I've been selected and I made my mind up before the Euros whether we did well or not that I'd continue so over the last few weeks I've had nothing to think about in terms of England," Rooney told reporters on Tuesday.

"I've had a fantastic international career so far and played a lot of games and enjoyed every minute but at some point it's going to come to an end.

"I'm not old, I'm 30, and come Russia that'll be the time for me to say goodbye to international football.

"My mind is made up but it depends on Sam Allardyce, that'll be my last tournament if selected. There have been highs and lows but I'm a proud man.

"It's still two years away and I started playing professional football at 16 and international when I was 17 so it'll have been 15 years, it's a lot of years and I think that'll be the right time to finish."

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