Everton striker will play no further part for his country after informing Southgate of his decision to quit international football for good on a phone conversation. The England’s all-time top scorer, has announced his immediate retirement from international football.

The ex- Manchester United forward, who also holds more England caps than any other outfield player, scored 53 goals in 119 appearances for his country.

In a statement released to Press Association Sport, Rooney said: “It was great that Gareth Southgate called me this week to tell me he wanted me back in the England squad for the upcoming matches. I really appreciated that. However, having already thought long and hard, I told Gareth that I had now decided to retire for good from international football.

“It is a really tough decision, and one I have discussed with my family, my manager at Everton and those closest to me.

“Playing for England has always been special to me. Every time I was selected as a player or captain was a real privilege and I thank everyone who helped me. “But I believe now is the time to bow out.”

Rooney also said that while leaving Manchester United was a difficult decision, he knows he made the right one in coming home to Everton.

“Leaving Manchester United was a tough call but I know I made the right decision in coming home to Everton. Now I want to focus all my energies on helping them be successful.

“One of my very few regrets is not to have been part of a successful England tournament side. Hopefully the exciting players Gareth is bringing through can take that ambition further, and I hope everyone will get behind the team.

“One day the dream will come true, and I look forward to being there as a fan — or in any capacity.”