Rooney rules out England return

03 September 2017 06:10:22 EST

Wayne Rooney has insisted there is no chance about him changing his mind over his retirement from international duty and playing for England again.

Three Lions head coach Gareth Southgate recently indicated the door was not closed to the Everton forward returning to play for his country in next summer's World Cup after the nation's all-time leading scorer stood down last month.

Rooney had been set for a recall to the England squad for the current international break but turned down Southgate's offer.

The 31-year-old says the time is right to focus on his club career after returning to boyhood team Everton from Manchester United in the summer and claims there is no chance of him going back on his decision.

"My mind is made up. I have seen it a few times where players have come out of retirement and gone to tournaments and it's not right," Rooney said in an interview with talkSPORT.

"The lads who are trying to qualify for Russia will be the players that deserve to play in the tournament. So my decision has been made."

However, Rooney says there is a chance he could return to the national set-up in another capacity in the future, revealing that he is planning to move in to coaching once he hangs up his boots, admitting the England manager's job is one he would have his eye on.

"I'd love to go into management. I'm doing my badges now and I think it would be a waste to have the knowledge I've picked up over the years to not have a go at it," he added.

For now, Rooney's focus is Everton and there push for European football this season with the Merseysiders 25/1 for a top four finish.

Rooney's team mates face a good acid test next weekend when they face Tottenham in a game they are 3/1 to win, while last season's runners-up are 1/1 and the draw is 13/5.

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