Wayne Rooney's best England Moments

15th Nov 2018

Wayne Rooney has had one hell of a career with England - and it finally comes to an end tonight.

He may not have won an international trophy, but he gave Three Lions fans some very special moments.

Talents like Wazza don't come around very often....

England's Youngest Ever Player

Despite having had this record taken off him by Theo Walcott, Rooney became England’s youngest ever player when he made his debut in a 3-1 friendly defeat at the hands of Australia at the Boleyn Ground back in 2003.

Although it wasn’t the perfect start to his international career, the Evertonian put in a solid performance to give fans rightful hope of a bright future for the fresh-faced youngster.

England's Youngest Ever Scorer

Just a few months later, Rooney would become England’s youngster ever goalscorer as he latched onto Emile Heskey’s header to slam home an equaliser for the Three Lions in a 2-1 away win over Macedonia. Still aged only 17, it was clear to see that the country had a superstar in waiting on their hands.

Brace vs Croatia at Euro 2004

Having already scored a terrific brace in his side’s 3-0 win over Switzerland, Rooney and England came into the final group stage game of 2004 needing to overcome Croatia to reach the knock-out stages.

The striker was in scintillating form, scoring two excellent goals, including a thunderous strike from outside the box, to dominate the headline.

Brace vs Slovakia in 2009

Rooney’s goals were always of vital importance to England in qualifying matches and in the qualification period for the 2010 World Cup, the Manchester United man was in terrific form, firing in nine goals.

His most impressive performance in this spell came in a terrific 4-0 win over Slovakia at Wembley Stadium, in which he scored twice and picked up the Man of the Match award to prove his position as the national team’s talisman.

Goal vs Ukraine at Euro 2012

After missing the first two matches of the competition through suspension, Rooney returned to England’s starting eleven for the final group stage game in Euro 2012.

His headed effort from just a matter of inches away from the net was hardly the most difficult goal that he would score in a glittering international career, but it was vitally important in securing England’s route through the group stages.

Goal versus Brazil in 2013

Whilst the goal against Ukraine was included for importance, Rooney’s goal in a 2-2 friendly draw with Brazil has been included in this list for the sheer beauty of it.

With the score balanced at 1-1 at the Maracana, the Three Lions went on the counter attack and, after being fed by James Milner, the England no.10 produced a stunning strike from all of 25 yards into the top corner.

Goal on 100th cap vs Slovenia 

The 100-cap landmark has not been achieved by too many players in England’s history, but it was typical of Rooney to mark his century by getting on the scoresheet.

After the side went a goal down to a Jordan Henderson own goal, Rooney produced a dazzling second-half display, scoring from the penalty spot to level the scores and almost single-handedly dragged England to a vital win.

Brace vs Scotland in 2014 

Many England fans will tell you that there’s no such thing as a friendly versus Scotland and Rooney would have to agree.

The elder statesman of a young Three Lions side that faced the Auld Enemy at Celtic Park in 2014, Rooney got on the scoresheet not once, but twice to help secure a 3-1 derby victory over the Tartan Army.

Winning goal vs Slovenia in 2015

England were excellent in qualifying for the 2016 European Championships, but without Rooney it could have been very different. As well as scoring the only goal in a narrow away win over Estonia, the skipper also came up with the goods in the dying embers of a thrilling away match against Slovenia.

When his country needed him, this time Rooney delivered.

Becoming top England goalscorer of all-time vs Switzerland

For some time, it seemed that Rooney overtaking Bobby Charlton to become England’s record goalscorer was simply a formality and he finally achieved that dream later in 2015.

Converting from the spot-kick against Switzerland after Raheem Sterling was felled in the penalty area, Rooney’s goal not only helped his country to a comfortable 2-0 win, it also etched his name into the history books.

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