David Beckham believes Wayne Rooney should ignore calls to retire from national team duty and leave when he is ready.
The 30-year-old is set to become the nation’s most-capped outfield player when he collects his 116th cap against Slovakia and will surpass Beckham at the top of the list.
He has already stated his intention to retire from England after the 2018 World Cup, but some fans and former skipper Alan Shearer have stated he should retire now to save his career at Old Trafford.
Speaking about their advice, Beckham claims Rooney should continue until he has nothing left to offer.
“So tonight Wayne becomes England’s most capped outfield player I keep hearing people say Wayne should stop playing for his country to prolong his club career,” he wrote.
“As a player you retire when you’re ready. Representing you’re [sic] country is the highest level you can reach, walking out in an England shirt at Wembley is one of the greatest feelings you can ever have.
“Every kid around the world that loves this game dreams of playing in their national team colours and representing the country they love. Don’t let anyone take that away from you, continue until you can’t give any more. Congratulations mate.”
While I understand where Beckham is coming from, Rooney should look to follow after Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, who retired from international football years before hanging up their boots at Old Trafford.
His performances have seriously slipped at Man United and Mourinho has recently stated he will have no problems dropping the Englishman.
Hopes are he is able to find himself once again and prove he still has plenty left to offer.