But Rooney is not ready to give up on his England career just yet and believes a good run of form with Everton could give national boss Gareth Southgate something to think about.
"As you well know, I love playing for England," said Rooney. "Gareth had to make a decision — as Jose Mourinho did — but I spoke to him. I wasn't playing the football that I like and I don't think you should play for your country if you are not playing for your club.
"So I understood his decision fully. He told me that if I get back playing every week then the door is still open to return to the squad.
"It would be great if I could do that. If I do well here, I'm sure he will have a decision to make."
Rooney says he would have called time on his England career if he had taken up the opportunity of a move to the Chinese Super League.
"I want to play for England," added Rooney. "If I'd gone to China, which was an option, then I would have called it a day myself.
"It just wouldn't have been right for me to try to carry on playing for England if I had gone there."