Southgate pays tribute to Rooney’s England career

England manager Gareth Southgate says there is no doubt that retired England star Wayne Rooney is a legend.

NEAR BURTON UPON TRENT, ENGLAND, UK (AUGUST 24, 2017) (BBC) – England manager Gareth Southgate said he spoke with the national side’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney after his decision to retire from international football.

Southgate said he would have likely included Rooney in the latest squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers had he not decided to hang up his boots for the national side.

The manager said he understood the Everton striker’s reasoning behind the decision, before heaping praise on Rooney’s international career.