The opening game of England's 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign against Slovakia will serve special significance for one of the players already named in Sam Allardyce's first starting line up as manager of the national side.
In fact, the man in question is the one elected by the former Sunderland boss to continue on as captain of the Three Lions, Wayne Rooney.
The Manchester United striker has had a somewhat indifferent England career after he burst onto the scene at Euro 2004.
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However, this hasn't stopped him being the most consistent figure in the national setup since his arrival on the biggest stage.
This regularity of appearances will now see the England man eclipse a record set by England fan favourite, David Beckham. Rooney will make his 116th appearance, making him the most-capped outfield player in English history, overtaking Becks' 115.
In typical classy fashion, as has become synonymous with the footballing celebrity, the former United and Real Madrid wide man left an endearing and fairly long message on social media platform Instagram to mark the special occasion.
The post can be seen below:
It a show of true respect between two of the most iconic England figures in the modern era. Rooney may not have lived up to the hype necessarily at international level, but his dedication to playing for his country has never come into question.
Now it remains to be seen where he is utilised by Allardyce for the remainder of his England appearances. Will he be used as a deep-midfielder or pushed further forward?
It seems as if the latter is the logical answer and at just 30, the United man certainly has a few more caps up his sleeve before he announces his retirement. Let's hope he can finally achieve some glory with the Three Lions.
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