Wayne Rooney's true worth as a player has not been properly appreciated, England great Gary Lineker said.
Stretford has been alongside Rooney throughout his entire career and he told talkSPORT: "His ability to make decisions with clarity at the right moments has served him well on the football pitch, it has served him well in dealing with the media and it has served him well with the decisions he is making now". Every time I was selected as a player or captain was a real privilege. But I believe now is the time to bow out, ' Rooney said in a statement.
But to actually take the hard decision and leave, was very fearless of the former Red Devils captain.
"Help them along their coaching pathway if that's the way they want to go".
A frustrated England drew 0-0 in a group match against Algeria, prompting English fans to boo their players, after a less than average performance.
Jamie Carragher has welcomed Wayne Rooney's decision to retire from global football and defended the striker's disappointing major tournament record.
But while he won five Premier League titles and a Champions League, among other trophies, during his time at Old Trafford he remained without a medal for England, who have not won a major tournament since the World Cup in 1966.
It was on the 4th of September, 2016, that the striker broke yet another record in his fine England career.
But as Rooney grows old he will look back on his time with England and find it impossible not to wonder what might have been.
One of Rooney's biggest regrets could be that he was never part of a successful England side.
It means Rooney played his final appearance for England against Scotland last November, a game that was followed by an apology after Rooney appeared drunk at a subsequent wedding party at the team hotel.
Ex England manager Roy Hodgson made Rooney his captain in August 2014 following Steven Gerrard's retirement and said the forward relished the responsibility.
"He's gone to play in tournaments, sometimes not fully fit, sometimes fit, in a team that's not really good enough, and he's suffered a little bit from that".
"I am sure he will be happy".
"If we ever thought it was good for him to have a rest we had to wrestle with him and impose it upon him".
The player has surely been underrated as an England global, but there is no denying the fact that replacing him will be one of the hardest things to do for any future England manager and team selector. I explained my decision to him in March and we spoke for an hour about all manner of subjects.
"I think only now he is ducking out will he get the credit he truly deserves as an England player and the record goalscorer." - former Arsenal and England striker Alan Smith.