Sol Campbell posts a very salty tweet after Wayne Rooney announces England retirement

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On Wednesday afternoon, the football world was delivered the news that England legend Wayne Rooney would be retiring from international football.

The 31-year-old enjoyed a stellar time with the Three Lions, becoming the nation's most capped outfield player and usurping Sir Bobby Charlton in the leading goal scorer rankings.

However, the fact that only one of Rooney's 53 international goals came at a World Cup means there will still be those that don't say the Everton striker is a national hero.


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His statistics tell a different story and lest we forget that at Euro 2004, he played probably the best football seen in an England shirt since Paul Gascoigne in 1990.

The tweets flooded in as soon as the news was announced, commemorating a career that should really go down in the footballing hall of fame.

Gary Lineker and Michael Owen led the plaudits, but that didn't mean a few people didn't spot an opportunity to have a sly dig at the former Manchester United man.

One of them was ex-Arsenal defender Sol Campbell who posted a tweet initially praising Rooney but then, he proceeded to have a slight go at his one of his previous rivals.


The game being referred to is the infamous battle between United and Arsenal at Old Trafford in 2004.

Sir Alex Ferguson's Red Devils would go onto win 2-0 in very controversial circumstances, with Rooney diving to win the penalty for the first goal.

The Englishman would score the second to seal the victory and end the Gunners' incredible 49-game unbeaten run.

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (L) fig

It was a fixture in which Rio Ferdinand should have been sent off for a rash tackle on Freddie Ljungberg and the atmosphere in general was pretty toxic.

Clearly, Campbell - who was alleged to have fouled Rooney for the penalty - has not forgotten that winter evening in Manchester but at least he was able to just about congratulate his former Three Lions colleague.

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