Date: 24th August 2017 at 10:25am
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Did Wayne Rooney still have something to offer England? Well, much as I’ve already said, despite the fact I had sometimes questioned his involvement at times in recent years, I would probably say he did.

However, the Everton forward called time on his international career on Wednesday.

Rooney, England’s all time record goalscorer with 53 goals from 119 caps, deciding to focus his efforts on his career with the Blues will certainly benefit us as Ronald Koeman knows.

Koeman was happy to go along with whatever decision Rooney, 31, had made but the boss does feel his decision to call time on his England career is a ‘good decision’ all round.

He told the Official Website: ‘Wayne spoke to me about this. He had a talk with the national coach and made his decision, because he thinks it is the best for Everton. It is always the player’s decision and, of course, I respect that.’

This decision will not only benefit Rooney in terms of the games he has to play, in an already ‘really tough programme’, it will, obviously, benefit the Blues too but also give the forward more time with his family during the international breaks.

‘If you reach the group stage of the Europa League and have international duty, then that is a really tough programme,’ said Koeman. ‘His fitness is really good at the moment. It is up to the player to decide the best thing to do.’

Adding: ‘I respect that and I would have respected it if he had made a different decision about his future as an international player. I think it is a good decision for him and a good decision for Everton. It means when the internationals come, he will have some time at home with his family.’

Koeman, who made the decision to end his own international career with Holland in 1994, having won 78 caps, was able to prolong his club career with Barcelona and finally Feyenoord for another three years as a result, which should be the case with Rooney too.

The boss went on to say he didn’t offer Rooney ‘advice’ in this decision to retire but does feel he’s done enough for England.

Koeman finished: ‘What he did for the national team was good enough. There is a time to come and a time to go and he made that decision. I didn’t give Wayne advice. I was not the right person to help him with this decision. And it would have been the same if he’d have wanted to continue playing for the national team.’

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