Wayne Rooney slammed for performance vs Iceland

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Before England's dismal Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland, England captain Wayne Rooney had arguably been the country's most consistent player during the tournament. 

The Manchester United man, who had moved back into midfield for the competition, had appeared to enjoy himself during the group stages. 

It's fair to say, then, that fans of the Three Lions were expecting more of the same against minnows Iceland in Nice. 


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It really couldn't have started any better for Rooney, who converted a penalty to hand England the lead inside three minutes. 

But things quickly turned sour for the England skipper and his teammates. Iceland struck twice in the 13 minutes following Rooney's strike and Roy Hodgson's side never recovered. 

Rooney horror show 

And Rooney's performance just got worse and worse as the game developed. The 30-year-old just didn't have the legs to express himself and struggled to even produce a simple pass. His crosses were abysmal and he looked way, way off the pace. It was truly a night to forget for England's all-time leading scorer. 

There's one moment - a horror one - that just about sums up Rooney's night. 

As you can see below, Rooney was filmed ducking out the way of a strike from Ari Freyr Skulason.

On this occasion, England shot-stopper Joe Hart actually managed to keep the ball out of his net, but it was still a rotten moment from Rooney nonetheless.

See it here: 

As you can imagine, there was also a great deal of reaction to the captain's overall performance against Iceland...

Rooney won't retire

Despite his poor showing, Rooney has insisted that he will not retire from international football.

"It's disappointing tonight, but I enjoy and am proud playing for England," Rooney told The Mirror.

"I'll be interested to see who the next manager is. If selected, I'll certainly be there.

"We can't forget he's brought a lot of young players through and I think the future's bright for England.

"Unfortunately it hasn't happened in this tournament but hopefully, in the future there's good things to come and although it's difficult to say and see that now, I think Roy has been good to the players and I'll be thanking him."

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