Road to 120th International Cap: Looking back at Wayne Rooney's best moments in an England shirt
There is much debate about whether Gareth Southgate should be giving Wayne Rooney his 120th and final cap. Many have suggested that it implies the game is a charity match with others saying it denies some young players such as James Maddison or Callum Wilson the opportunity to impose themselves in the international team, as Rooney did many years ago.
However one cannot deny that Rooney has deserved his appraisal given the 53 goals, 119 appearances and 4 England Men's Player of the Year awards he has won.
In the upcoming game against USA, Rooney will receive his formal farewell when he comes on as a substitute to claim his 120th cap. He has, however, mentioned that he hasn't always enjoyed his time with England.
“I know certainly from my experience that there were maybe times when you didn’t enjoy it as much as I should of, so I’m going to enjoy this,” Rooney said. “It will be emotional, my last game obviously. The important thing for me is to enjoy it.”
However, Rooney has done enough to go down in the books as an England legend. On that note, let's look back at his best moments in an England shirt:
#1 Breaking records
Rooney made his debut for England in a 1-3 defeat to Australia on 13 February 2003.
Despite a disappointing result, he broke records that day by becoming the youngest player ever to represent England aged 17 years and 111 days. This record has since been taken off him by Theo Walcott who made his debut aged 17 years and 75 days.
However, Rooney does maintain the record for the youngest ever goalscorer scoring at the age of age 17 years and 317 days on his 6th cap for England. This makes him the only 17-year-old to have ever scored for England, albeit his first England goal was against Macedonia.