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Published: 10:15 | 29/8/16

Shearer urges Rooney to end England career


Alan Shearer believes the time has come for Wayne Rooney to retire from international football in order to prolong his Manchester United career.

Rooney was criticised in the wake of England's humiliating Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland but the United skipper is in line to become his most-capped outfield player after being named in Sam Allardyce's squad for the World Cup qualifier in Slovakia.

Allardyce has yet to make a decision on the captaincy but it has been reported that Rooney will retain the armband for the time being, despite no longer being guaranteed a starting place.

Given the demands of combining international and club football, Shearer believes Rooney must be selfish and put his club career first and he has urged him to call time on his involvement with England.

"It is time for Rooney to be selfish and start thinking just about himself. And that, I really regret to say, means his retirement from international football," Shearer wrote in The Sun.

"I don't say this in the belief that he is no longer good enough for England - he is. But he is 30 now and captaining your club and country, satisfying the demand to play at the top level for both, gets harder.

"I retired in 2000 aged 29. Much of that was down to three serious injuries. Some people said I was being selfish. I knew my body better than anyone and simply could not do it any more for club and country.

"If I had gone on there would have come a time when I would have been dropped because I couldn't satisfy the physical demands. So I decided to cut my England career short to avoid that day and also so I could give my best to Newcastle.

"I played on until I was almost 36 and would not have been able to do that had I played any longer for England.

"It is time for him to acknowledge that he simply can't keep doing both - and I mean that for his own good."

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