Wayne Rooney confirms England retirement date will be after the 2018 World Cup

Captain has his country's goalscoring record

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England's Wayne Rooney during the press conference at St George's Park, Burton. Picture by: Nick Potts / PA Wire/Press Association Images

England captain Wayne Rooney has confirmed that he intends to retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

He says it will be "time to say goodbye" to playing for his country after the tournament should they qualify.

"Come Russia I feel that will be the time to say goodbye to international football," he said, adding that his decision was final and his "mind is made up".

New England manager Sam Allardyce says it was an "easy decision" to stick with the forward as skipper.

England start their qualification campaign for the World Cup away to Slovakia on Sunday.

Rooney made his England debut in 2003 and has won 115 caps. He is also the Three Lions' record goalscorer with 53 goals, beating Bobby Charlton's previous mark.

However, apart from Euro 2004 when he was burst on the scene internationally with four goals, the 30-year-old's career for England has been underwhelming. 

He captained the country as they suffered an infamous loss to Iceland at Euro 2016.