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Wayne retained as England skipper

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Kristopher Love | 01 September, 2016, 14:12

BURTON-ON-TRENT, United Kingdom - England captain Wayne Rooney announced on Tuesday, August 30 that the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation will be his final tournament as an global footballer.

The 30-year-old Manchester United striker made the announcement after being retained as captain by new England boss Sam Allardyce who faces his first game in charge against Slovakia on Sunday.

Rooney made his global debut as a substitute in a friendly against Australia in February 2003 aged 17 years and 111 days - an England record at the time, since surpassed by Theo Walcott.

"I started playing football professionally when I was 16, global football when I was 17". I'd be 34 by the next tournament.

One of the key figures to don the England national football team jersey, Rooney has so far earned a total of 115 caps and scored 53 goals.

"I said before the Euros I enjoy playing in this team, I'm excited by the players and that's the case still".

Remarkably, England have not lost a World Cup or Euro qualification game since 2009, and Rooney claims their recurring failure to deliver in finals is more down to psychological issues than lack of technique. Rooney said: 'Russia will be my last opportunity to do anything with England.

But Rooney, who revealed he has started his coaching badges in preparation for a managerial career, says his heart is set on seeing out his playing days in Manchester. Rooney was deployed in midfield by former coach Roy Hodgson as England recorded draws against Russian Federation and Slovakia in the group stage and beat Wales via a stoppage time goal. It's just a matter of us doing well in a tournament. "It's not happening [with N'Zonzi] but we can cover this a bit more if I find another player".

"I'm looking forward to getting back on the pitch".

Mourinho spoke about United's pre-match preparation for Hull and how the team started to think about what it "could be even before the game started", "We knew the way they defended." said the Portuguese, adding that they knew Tom Huddlestone would play "in a line of three" and also that "we knew they would be very organised".

6 - Rooney has played in six major tournaments, with England missing Euro 2008.

On Monday night, Sam Allardyce confirmed that Wayne Rooney will stay on as England's captain - and the country's all-time top scorer gave his reaction in front of the media on Tuesday.

In time, though, Allardyce is likely to put his own stamp on things and that may mean that Rooney's hopes of being an worldwide mainstay going forward are no more certain than those of the man at the other end, Joe Hart. That is down to the way he has got them playing.

"It's only a day we've been together, but you can see he's a relaxed guy, and since we've been here the camp has been good".