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England great Shilton: Time for Man Utd captain Rooney to…

Peter Shilton has urged Wayne Rooney to step aside from international football.

The former goalkeeper, who holds all-time record for England appearances with 125, believes the time has come for the Manchester United star to quit the Three Lions.

30-year-old England captain Rooney, who on Sunday broke David Beckham's record as the most-capped outfield player with 116 caps, is eyeing the 2018 World Cup in Russia before he plans to retire but Shilton feels it should come a lot earlier.

"I've been a massive Rooney fan throughout his career but there comes a point when that little bit of edge isn't there any more and that's what I feel about Wayne," he said.

"I have to emphasise this is nothing to do with my caps record but he didn't set the Euros alight and I'm surprised he's talking about another two years. It seems a very strange thing to say.

"I was disappointed in Wayne's leadership as skipper in the Iceland match. I never saw him leading anything. If he couldn't do it in that game is he going to be able to do it in the next two years?

"And I just don't think he is a midfield player at international level. His position is striker. It always has been and always will be. He's never been a midfield player."

Andrew Slevison
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