England Captain Wayne Rooney Announces His Retirement From International Football

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Wayne Rooney of England talks during the England Press Conference at St George's Park, Burton-upon-Trent, England, August 30. Rooney said Tuesday that he would retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup. Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

England captain Wayne Rooney is to retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Manchester United striker, 30, said in a press conference Tuesday that the 2018 tournament would be his last chance to win silverware with the national team.

"Come Russia, I feel that will be the time to say goodbye to international football," said Rooney, according to the BBC.

Rooney has scored 53 goals in 115 appearances for England, making him the country's highest-ever goalscorer, ahead of Bobby Charlton on 49 goals. The striker is ten caps short of goalkeeper Peter Shilton's record of 125 England caps.

Newly-appointed England boss Sam Allardyce recently confirmed that Rooney would remain England captain, despite a disappointing performance in the UEFA Euro 2016 championships, when the country crashed out in the last 16 to minnows Iceland.