Football fans honored a hero as he decided to announce an immediate retirement from international football. 31 year old Wayne Rooney, England’s all time top scorer decided to step back from international football. Unlike any other outfield player, Rooney has won the most caps and is the highest scorer with 53 goals.

Rooney’s statement released yesterday, in which he said, “It was great that Gareth Southgate called me this week to tell me he wanted me back in the England squad. However, having already thought long and hard, I told him I had 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. Every time I was selected as a player or captain was a privilege and I thank everyone but now is the time to bow out.”

He went on to say, “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. I will always remain a passionate England fan. 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. One day the dream will come true and I look forward to being there as a fan — or in any capacity.”

The 31 year old has been playing football for the past 14 and a half years. He started at the age of 17 and debuted in a match against Australia in 2003. In 2015, Rooney won the title of the top scorer beating Sir Bobby Calrton. He also beat David Beckham as England’s most capped outfield player.