Ronald Koeman has described Wayne Rooney’s retirement from international football as “a good decision for him and a good decision for Everton”.
Rooney is set to line up for the Toffees in Thursday’s Europa League play-off second leg clash against Hajduk Split in Croatia.
It comes the day after he announced his intention to quit the England scene – a self-serving decision which benefits his country too.
“He had a talk with the national coach and made his decision, because he thinks it is the best for Everton,” Koeman said. “It is always the player’s decision, and of course, I respect that.
“If you reach the group stage of the Europa League and have international duty, then that is a really tough programme.
“His fitness is really good at the moment. It is up to the player to decide the best thing to do.
“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.”