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England legend urges Southgate to end Rooney’s international career

Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern are delighted with a return of a homegrown hero but they’re now debating one crucial aspect of his career.

Wayne Rooney has been a dedicated servant to the English national side for the past 13 years, representing the Three Lions in numerous international tournaments and boasting the record for the highest all-time scorer.

However, the former Manchester United captain is into the twilight years of his career and many argue that he shouldn’t return to the national set-up and England legend Geoff Hurst is the latest to make that argument.

Having been watched by manager Gareth Southgate twice already this season, and recently scoring his 200th Premier League goal, The Daily Express quotes World Cup winning hat-trick hero Hurst as stating Southgate should ignore the urge to bring Rooney back into the fold.

“He has made some bold decisions and the bold one he can make is to say it’s the end of Wayne Rooney’s international career. He has been an absolutely fantastic player. At club level he wasn’t playing regularly for Manchester United last season, which is an indication – and if you are not playing regularly at club level you certainly should not represent England.”

“I wouldn’t necessary call it a bold decision to not play Wayne Rooney any more, but if I were in charge of the national team I would call Wayne up and say: ‘Thanks very much’. He has been a fantastic player, one of the greatest players in this country, but old Father Time – and I have been there as a striker – comes where you lose a bit of sharpness and I think his time playing for England is over.”

Landlord’s Verdict

Wayne Rooney has certainly been a dedicated servant to England in recent years but the world legend is thrown around loosely these days and, despite being the all-time leading scorer for the nation, it’s perhaps a step too far to use that word to describe Rooney.

As great as he has been, Rooney has never been the player in international tournaments that the Three Lions are crying out for and there’s therefore no reason for him to be on the plane to Russia. If he’s not going to be on the plane, then he shouldn’t be in the squad beforehand. Sorry Wayne, your time is up.

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