Rooney retires – but he’s 2/1 to perform an international Roo-turn

Harry Kane is favourite to succeed him as England captain…


Wayne Rooney has retired from international football, despite being wanted to continue by England boss Gareth Southgate, in effectively a 180 degree reversal from three months ago.

The Three Lions’ all-time leading scorer has decided to focus on his club career with Everton, in a rare example of an England-related decision making absolute total sense.

However, at Paddy Power we’re not convinced. We’re offering odds of just 2/1 that Wazza ends up Roo-ing that decision, and playing for his nation again.

With that in mind, we also make it 5/1 that Rooney is part of Southgate’s World Cup squad for Russia 2018. God forbid.

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He’s 10/1 to follow suit and retire from club football before the end of his Everton contract, and 20/1 to manage England in the next twenty years.

In terms of who’ll inherit Rooney’s armband, Harry Kane at 11/10 is the leading contender – with Chelsea captain Gary Cahill and Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson some way behind (7/2).

Asked in Las Vegas about Wazza’s retirement spokesman Paddy Power said: “Will Wayne Roo his decision to walk out on England? Maybe, though I’m not sure the feeling would be mutual.

“His career has been a hell of a story, and what better ending than a triumphant Roo-turn with the Three Lions in Russia?

“And, by triumphant, I mean a first knock-out round departure on penalties.”


2/1         Rooney to play for England again
5/1         Rooney to be part of England’s WC2018 squad
10/1       To retire from club football before end of Everton contract
20/1       To be appointed permanent England manager in next 20 years


11/10     Kane
7/2         Cahill
7/2         Henderson
14/1       Smalling
16/1       Hart
50/1       Alli

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