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Rooney: World Cup and out

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England captain Wayne Rooney has confirmed he will retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The 30-year-old Manchester United striker, who has retained the captaincy under new manager Sam Allardyce, said he is looking forward to the next two years with the national side.

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He said: "I know Russia will be my last opportunity to do anything so I'm going to try and enjoy these two years and hopefully end my time with England on a high.

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"I said before the Euros I enjoy playing in this team, I'm excited by the players and that's the case still. I said as soon as the Euros finished that I wanted to continue and I made Sam aware of that when he got the job.

"He reiterated I would continue as captain. I was pleased. It's nice to captain your country and I'm looking forward to the new regime."

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Rooney was listed as a midfielder in Allardyce's first squad for Sunday's first World Cup qualifier away to Slovakia.

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The new manager insisted he will look to play him as a number 10 in the same way as Jose Mourinho does at Manchester United.

And Rooney said: "It's the manager's decision. We haven't spoken about it but I'm sure we will in the next few days, I'm ready to play whether it's midfield or elsewhere.

"It's early days in the camp - we've only been here a day. We'll find out how Sam wants us to play in certain games, but I'm looking forward to it, to see what type of training sessions he'll do."

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