Koeman explains why Rooney chose to retire from England

Date published: Thursday 24th August 2017 8:20

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.”

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