Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp believes Wayne Rooney will want to prolong his career at Manchester United career.
Another abject start to a Premier League season has led to the striker receiving widespread scrutiny from Man United fans, with many calling for the captain’s omission from the starting XI.
The 30-year-old announced yesterday that the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be his last major tournament with England before he retires from international football.
In his column for the Evening Standard, Redknapp claimed Rooney’s decision to quit the international side at the age of 32 is rooted in a desire to prolong his time at Man United.
“Wayne probably wants to go out on his own terms,” he wrote.
“He’ll have the goal record and probably the overall caps record so I suppose the only reason to carry on beyond 2018 is if England look like they have a team capable of finally winning a trophy at international level.
“If that is the case then he might change his mind but to confirm his plans so far before the tournament suggests he has been thinking about it for a while.
“It would also help him prolong his career at club level with Manchester United and maybe that will become his priority as time passes but 32 years of age — as he’ll be in Russia — still seems a bit early to call it a day.”
Rooney’s decision to retire from England in two years time, alongside a recent proclamation of his intention to end his career at United, is indicative of a plan most likely devised after England’s tumultuous Euro 2016 campaign.
However, whether he can act as the master of his own fate in the latter stages of his career remains to be seen. With a scintillating array of attacking options now at Mourinho’s disposal, the Englishman’s unavailing performances, should they continue, could lead to the striker finding himself struggling for opportunities at Old Trafford.