The highest goalscorer and most capped outfield player in England’s history has called an end to his Three Lions career. Wayne Rooney, 31, has retired from international action and England’s captain released a statement on Wednesday, less than 10 months before the 2018 World Cup which he had previously stated would be his last tournament for England. Rooney scored 53 goals in 119 appearances for England and scored six goals across six major tournaments, but never got past the quarterfinal stage in a major competition and hadn’t played for his national team since November 2016.
Reports in Germany claim Chelsea have met with Thomas Tuchel about replacing Antonio Conte as their manager. With relations said to be strained between Conte and Chelsea’s board following a summer of unrest regarding a lack of transfers, the Diego Costa situation and more for the reigning Premier League champions, losing to Arsenal in the Community Shield and then their Premier League opening to Burnley was far from an ideal start. Tuchel, 43, has been out of work since leaving Borussia Dortmund at the end of last season and Sport Bild is reporting that Chelsea’s director Marina Granovskaia has approached Tuchel about replacing Conte, while it is also stated that former Barca boss Luis Enrique is a contender.
Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho is considering releasing a public statement about his desire to leave Anfield for Barcelona, according to reports. The Brazilian midfielder has been the subject of interest from Barcelona ever since it sold Neymar to Paris Saint Germain for £198 million (about $251 million). On Wednesday, it was reported that Barcelona was preparing a £136 million (about $174 million) bid for Coutinho.