Former England captain Wayne Rooney has announced his international retirement, just seven years after he stopped performing in an England shirt.
Rooney holds the record for the highest number of caps for an outfield player and is the nation’s top scorer, all despite not having a good game for his country since before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
England fan club member Simon Williams told us, “Wayne Rooney was absolutely incredible in an England shirt, just simply breathtaking, he would have every single one of us off our seats every time he got the ball… at Euro 2004, but it all frankly went a bit downhill from there.
“We all thought we had England’s very own Messi, but it turns out the messiest thing about him was his extra-curricular activities. Fortunately, there aren’t too many grandmothers amongst the travelling England support, so we weren’t too distracting for him while he was on the pitch.
“He was also pretty unlucky to arrive at the end of the ‘golden generation’, who all got too old to play with him, especially as he seems to enjoy the company of the elderly so much.
“Still, we’ll always have the memory of that time he slagged us all off after having a bad game in the draw against Algeria in the 2010 World Cup.
“That was a special moment for all of us.”