I thought somebody else would have set this up, but alas no. So I'm breaking my duck and starting the discussion myself.
As per BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/41027204
I know he can split opinion but his stats do not lie, he has been a very important player for our country;
- Our second highest cap holder having played 119 games, only Shilton, P. (125) has more.
- Our highest goalscorer with 53, second place being Charlton, R. with 49. It leaves Rooney with a very good ratio of almost 1:2.
- Our second youngest ever player at 17 years 110 days, beaten only by Walcott, T. with 17 years 74 days.
Personally, while he has not hit great tournament heights with England, for a substantial time (particularly after the retirement of the more-so disappointing tournament wise 'golden generation') he was one of the few (or possibly only) genuinely world class players England could call upon. Yet even when those around him were not top end, he tried his best and took ownership, especially after taking the captaincy. Finally, he has also been unlucky with both injuries (eg. leading into 2004 WC) and bans (eg. leading into 2012 Euros) in tournaments. He was unfortunate IMO to have a lack of top end players around him once the 'Golden Gen' retired and he always gave his all.
TBH I feel he still had more to offer England, and would definitely be in the squad and at the moment probably in my first 11 for England. However, I respect his decision, he has given many years service to the side. I thank him for his efforts, and wish him well in taking his hometown club to a high position, hopefully one below us.