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Retired England star Wayne Rooney created memories supporters will forever remember

Posted: 24 August 2017 Time: 21:22

Wayne Rooney announced his retirement from international football this week, bringing his time in an England jersey to an end. Here, looks back at Rooney’s best moments for England.

National team debut – In February 2003, a young Rooney came on as a halftime substitute for Michael Owen in friendly against Australia, but it did not end the way he would have liked as England were stunned by Australia, who won 3-1.

First England goal – At 17 years and 317 days, Rooney became England’s youngest goal scorer when he opened his national team account in a 2004 Euro qualifier against Macedonia. He still holds the record as the youngest England goal scorer. 

First World Cup goal – Rooney scored his first and only goal in a World Cup against Uruguay in Sao Paulo in 2014, but he could not help the Three Lions progress to the knockout stages.

Breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s record – The former Manchester United striker broke the England goal scoring record at Wembley Stadium against Switzerland in 2015, when he bagged his 50th national team goal. The record (49) was previously held by another former United man, Sir Bobby Charlton.

Captaining England – Rooney’s first game with the armband for England came in 2009, when England played a friendly game against Brazil in Doha, Qatar. Rooney has captained the side 23 times.

Article by: Thaaqib 'Benni' Daniels

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