Wayne Rooney has stated he will not be coming out of retirement to play in the World Cup for England, if they qualify.
The all time leading goalscorer of the England squad retired from international football, after losing his starting berth with the three lions, due to a lack of playing time at United.
Rooney has found the net twice for Everton in two matches and was tipped for a recall to the England squad, but retired before Southgate named his squad.
“My mind is made up,” Rooney, who was charged with drink driving on Friday, told talkSPORT. “I have seen it a few times, where players have come out of retirement and gone to tournaments – and it’s not right.
“The lads who are trying to qualify for Russia will be the players that deserve to play in the tournament. So my decision has been made.
“I’ve had my time. I can’t have any regrets. It’s now time for some of the younger lads to step up and try to take it further.
“Of course I’ll be watching. I’ve made it clear throughout my career that I love playing for England and want England to do well – and that remains.
“Now I won’t be playing, I’ll be watching with the same interest as everyone else. Hopefully we can go that next step in the tournament.”