After reaching his 100th cap for England’s national team on Saturday, striker Wayne Rooney joined a short list of players who have achieved this feat. These include Frank Lampard, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole and of course Sir Bobby Charlton amongst others, including all time record holder Peter Shilton with 125 caps to his name.
In his 100th appearance we saw Rooney captain his side – walking out with his two sons by his side.
After falling behind a goal to nil against Slovenia, England bounced back to get the victory with two goals from the inform Danny Welbeck and a spot kick from the man himself, non-other than Wayne Rooney. Rooney is a player who seems to have calmed down over his career, especially now he has grown older – not that 29 is old of course.
From his early days at Everton as a school boy, one can only dream about the heights he has now achieved. Surely it is every player’s dream to one day captain both club and country, not to mention earn over 100 caps internationally – at the age of just 29.
What an amazing achievement to have made, surely the question people will soon to be asking is can he go onto match Beckham’s record or even go onto challenge Shilton himself. I’m not sure he has thought that far ahead just yet, knowing the professional he is, he will just focus on his game and try to improve where it involves him.
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Hopefully he will captain England or at least have some involvement for many years to come as he still has a lot to give in terms of ability and the experience he can pass onto the youth coming up through the system.