Wayne Rooney’s highs and lows with England

Wayne Rooney’s highs and lows

Wayne Rooney has retired from international football after 119 appearances.

The striker has scored 53 times for his country, making him England’s all-time record goalscorer.

Here we look at the highs and lows of his international career.

HIGH

Becomes the youngest player to play for England in February 2003 at 17 years and 111 days in a friendly defeat against Australia.

HIGH

In September of that year, at 17 years and 317 days, becomes youngest player to score for England with the equaliser in a 2-1 away win over Macedonia in a Euro 2004 qualifying match.

HIGH

Sets the record for the youngest scorer in finals history with two in the 3-0 win over Switzerland at Euro 2004 in Portugal, only to see the record broken four days later. Goes on to score twice in England’s final group match, a 4-2 win over Croatia.

LOW

Suffers a foot injury as England lose their Euro 2004 quarter-final to hosts Portugal in a penalty shoot-out.

(Owen Humphreys/PA)
(Owen Humphreys/PA)

LOW

Faces a fitness race ahead of the 2006 World Cup in Germany after injuring his foot in a Premier League game for Manchester United. Despite being fit, he fails to score in the group stages.

LOW

Is shown a red card in the quarter-final defeat to Portugal for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho, also becoming involved in an altercation with United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo following the incident. To add insult to injury England lose on penalties and Rooney is fined by FIFA.

LOW

Misses out on Euro 2008 as England finish third in their qualifying group behind Croatia and Russia.

HIGH

Top-scores for England during the 2010 World Cup qualifiers with nine goals.

(Owen Humphreys/PA)
(Owen Humphreys/PA)

HIGH

Captains England for first time in 2009 in a friendly against Brazil.

LOW

Criticises fans for booing the England players after a 0-0 draw with Algeria in the second group match at the 2010 World Cup. Subsequently apologises for his actions.

LOW

England are eliminated after losing 4-1 to Germany in the second round, with Rooney scoreless through the tournament.

LOW

Sent off in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro for a foul on Miodrag Dzudovic and banned for the first three games of the finals in Poland and Ukraine, subsequently reduced to two on appeal.

(Owen Humphreys/PA)
(Owen Humphreys/PA)

HIGH

After missing games against France and Sweden, scores the only goal of the final group game with Ukraine to enable England to progress to the quarter-finals.

LOW

England are knocked out after losing a penalty shoot-out 4-2 to Italy, despite Rooney netting his spot-kick.

HIGH

Captains England in a competitive match for the first time, scoring twice in a 2014 World Cup qualifier against San Marino.

HIGH

Scores against Brazil twice in 2013, the first a 2-1 win at Wembley and the second in a 2-2 draw during the official reopening of the refurbished Maracana Stadium.

(Owen Humphreys/PA)
(Owen Humphreys/PA)

LOW

England are eliminated from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after finishing last in their group, losing to Italy and Uruguay and drawing with Costa Rica.

HIGH

Following Steven Gerrard’s international retirement, is named as England’s full-time captain by Roy Hodgson. He scored the only goal against Norway in a friendly.

HIGH

Wins his 100th England cap in November 2014 and scores a penalty as England defeat Slovenia in a Euro 2016 qualifier.

(Nick Potts/PA)
(Nick Potts/PA)

HIGH

In September 2015, breaks Bobby Charlton’s England scoring record with his 50th goal in a Euro 2016 qualifying match against Switzerland.

LOW

Despite Rooney scoring the opening goal, England lose 2-1 to Iceland in the knockout stages to bow out of Euro 2016.

HIGH

Earns his 116th cap in September 2016 to make him England’s most-capped outfield player.

Source: footballparadise.com 

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