Monday , October 18 2021

when the age goes away –


Legend played the last game.

American DC United striker Wayne Rooney entered the legendary Wembley field in a T-shirt from England's national team. It was a special farewell match.

Rooney officially announced the completion of a career in the national team this fall, four rounds before the end of the World Cup election. At the World Cup, Wayne did not play and did not become part of the team that achieved the best result in the past many years.

Most of Rooney's staff, or England's national team, have already managed to overcome the idea that the striker no longer plays in the shirt "Three Lions". However, the farewell match from former footballers Manchester United and Everton forced many to remember the days when the British players and very young Rooney were regarded as favorites of tournaments but could not even reach the semifinals or the moment Rooney became the best scorer in the national team history.

Let's remember how it was, Wayne Rooney in the England team.

First match First entry

He made his debut in the national team Wayne Rooney in friendship with Australia on February 12, 2003 and replaced him during the break. His debut immediately recorded the national team – never before had such a young football player played for English. Wayne at that time was only 17 years and 110 days old.

Three years later, his record for 36 days will be scored by Theo Walcott, who did not get such a big figure for the national team as Wayne.

Let's return to the match with the Australians. "Shrek" entered the field with the score 2-0 in favor of the opponent and in the 69th minute his team helped cut the score. Rooney saw runners on Jena's flank, giving the midfielder a pass and the ball took care and handed it over to Francis Jeffers.


The first match in the England team ended in the defeat of Wayne, but after him followed a series of six wins in a row. On September 6, 2003, the national team hit "Three Lions" with Macedonia as part of the Euro 2004 election on the way.

Rooney had already played the sixth game for the national team, with third time as the base for the pair, in combination with another not high forward Michael Owen.

The British missed the first at the end of half an hour of the game, but before the break they failed to reach the goal. From the start of the second half to help Owen and Rooney, textured Emil Heskey came out, and already eight minutes later, the attacker threw the ball into battle against the young partner and Wayne broke immediately into the corner from punishment.

Rooney was the youngest goalkeeper in the history of the team.

It is very interesting if someone guessed that this goal would be the first brick in a building called the England Bombardy record.

Euro 2004

At the European Championship, an 18-year-old boy was driving as a bass player. He came out in the starting line-up of all matches in the team in the tournament. In the first match, the British lost to France, but in the next two they beat Switzerland (3: 0) and Croatia (4: 2), while Rooney scored two goals in these matches.

Well, without the next record? Rooney was the youngest player scoring at the European Championships. Certainly, this record was only 4 days, he was succeeded by Johan Fonlantin from Switzerland.

Who knows, maybe England could win the European championship not for the attacker's injury. In the quarterfinals against Portugal, Rooney was injured in the middle of the first half when his team won and replaced Emile Heskey. After that, the British lost one of the most interesting punishment in history.

2006 World Cup

At this tournament, Wayne was not at risk at all. At the end of the 2005/06 season he was injured – a crack of the foot's metatarsal bone. At the world championship, Sven-Göran Eriksen took Rooney anyway, although he still did not recover from the injury. The first match in the group step forward missed.

Towards Trinidad and Tobago, Rooney had a little more than half an hour to play, and with Sweden he started at the beginning but replaced in 69 minutes. With Ecuador, then the 9th England team played the whole match, but as a whole team it was not impressed.

But the quarterfinals with Portugal, many remember this for this section …

… for this action, Wayne left the world championship a little more than an hour earlier than his partner, who in turn could not beat Portuguese in punishment.

The terrible Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup

England did not shame through to EM 2008 – it could be considered a tragedy. Next major tournament – World Championships in South Africa, the British led by Fabio Capello have already passed, and Rooney in the qualifying competition scored 9 goals at one time. It was only the World Cup that got terrible.

The British in the first two matches of the group failed to win, linked to the United States and Algeria (for which it was the only point in the tournament, while Africans did not even score goals), but in the last round they still beat Slovenia and took second place.

And what did the second place mean? Meeting with Bundesmashina in the 1/8 final, as the British failed. Rooney failed to score at the World Cup.

Ukraine. Euro 2012

Goal No. 29 for England Country Team Wayne Rooney made in Ukraine, at Donbass Arena in a match with the tournament hosts.

In Ukraine everyone remembered this match as a match called Viktor Kashshai. Who did not count the goal Marko Devic. And many have already forgotten that the only matched ball in the match was on account of Wayne Rooney, who hit his head a few centimeters after the mistake Andriy Pyatov.

100th match and 50th goal

World Cup 2014 was the worst tournament for England (except for the absence of Euro 2008). At that, Rooney managed to differ from the first (and last) goal of the world championship, but England took the last place in the group without winning a single victory.

Probably the British won all ten matches in the qualifying round for Euro 2016. Two matches in that bike became the anniversary of Rooney.

November 15, 2014 Rooney came out at the start of the match against Slovenia, which became him the hundredth in England national team shirt. In that match, he scored a goal from a penalty – 44th in his career.

A little less than 10 months later, Rooney made his 49th goal for the national team in the San Marino goal and ended up in legendary Bobby Charlton. Three days later, he recognizes a penalty park in the gateway to the Swiss national team and becomes the first angel in history to score goals for the team "Three Lion".

Euro 2016

Another failed tournament for the British. In the group stage only one victory over Wales was obtained, which eventually won the group. With Russians and Slovaks, only one draw was obtained.

In the English 1/8 finals, a sensational island awaited, for which the path to the euro would end at this stage. So many experts believed, but not the Icelandic people themselves.

Rooney quickly made the match – in 4 minutes after penalty. It was his last goal for the national team in the 115th match. He was caught in the number of fights for the national team with David Beckham.

Later, Rooney will put on a three-lion five-time T-shirt five times (including yesterday's match) five times. No other field player played for him more than England.

So the legend has passed, so the whole era has passed. The last part of the great team of stars, but not the star's team, who never managed to achieve anything.

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