England captain Wayne Rooney has announced that he will retire from international play following the 2018 World Cup.
It seems like an odd time to announce his decision, considering England still has to qualify for the tournament and Rooney has to stay on top of his game for two years to be selected for the squad.
Despite being England’s all-time top scorer, Rooney has never quite been able to replicate what he’s been able to do in a Manchester United one. Fabio Capello once famously said the striker “only plays well in Manchester.”
Check out some of the most notable moments of Rooney’s England career, both positive and negative.
Rooney broke onto the international scene as a teenager at Euro 2004. He became the competition’s youngest ever goal-scorer when he found the back of the net against Switzerland.
Unfortunately, he suffered an injury in the quarter-finals against Portugal, a match they lost in penalties. Still, Rooney was named to UEFA’s team of the tournament after scoring four goals in four matches.
Unfortunately for Rooney, perhaps the biggest standout moment of his international career is not exactly a flattering one. Rooney was sent off for this infamous stamp on Ricardo Carvalho in the quarter-finals and the subsequent interaction with his then-teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
Portugal went on to win in penalties again.
England’s all-time leading scorer
Wayne Rooney made history when he blasted a penalty into the top corner of a World Cup qualifier at Wembley Stadium.
— Abdiaziz Ahmed🌀 (@Didis_OO) September 8, 2015
The Liverpool-born striker surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton’s long-standing record with his 50th international goal.
With just one more World Cup left for Rooney, will there finally be some team success to go along with this incredible individual milestone?