England’s legendary goalkeeper, Peter Shilton, believes captain Wayne Rooney should have retired from international football after Euro 2016.
The 66-year-old, who is the Three Lions’ all-time leading appearance maker with 125 caps, admits the Manchester United skipper is not a midfield player and thinks his importance for the national team has diminished after watching his performance against Slovakia in Sunday’s 1-0 FIFA World Cup qualifying win.
Via BBC Sport, Shilton said, “I thought he should have retired after the Euros – and it’s not because he can break my record.
“He sprays a few balls around, but I don’t think he’s being very effective.”
New England manager Sam Allardyce kicked off his reign as boss with a narrow victory in Trnava, with Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana netting the all-important match winner five minutes into added time.
Before Sunday’s Group F opener, Manchester United forward Rooney revealed that he will retire after the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia, by which stage he is likely to have overtaken Shilton as England’s most-capped player.