Wayne Rooney leaves his race in England, as well as left great international tournaments. With a groan, many wondered what it might have been. The number of his 14 years with the Three Lions fly the flag of brilliance, but no one really believes that the striker met the potential that glowed incandescently in the Euro 2004. Not even Rooney.
As he took stock of his time in international football, that realization lasted. “One of my very few regrets is not to have been a part of a successful England tournament. Hopefully the exciting players Gareth (Southgate) are pursuing can take that ambition further and hope everyone stays behind the team. Day the dream will come true and I hope to be there as a fan – or in any capacity. ”
Photo of Wayne Rooney of England. AP Photo Wayne Rooney from England. AP
Perhaps, there is another chapter to write for Rooney and England. He can go on to become a manager who leads his country again. But that possibility exists only in the realm of the speculative. For now, Rooney’s career in England is marred by disappointments.
The Everton striker, who turns 32 in October, clearly had a final shot at redemption. The World Cup in Russia next year was widely regarded as his swansong. But Rooney has had a difficult relationship with the football competition event. A fractured metatarsal hampered him in 2006 and ankle problems followed him four years later; By 2014, he had started his descent to the Rooney we know now.
It should be noted that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will be in Russia next year, hoping they can set another milestone in international football. Rooney, who was once promoted to be his equal, will not even be there. With his changing priorities, the forward has decided not to share the stage. Rooney seems to have made peace with his unfulfilled promise.
But there was a time when he would have felt that his place of law was one of the best in the world. Football Club undoubtedly offered the clearest points of divergence. It is not that international football has been especially friendly to Messi or Ronaldo (although, the latter possibly has also marked that picture with Portugal’s success in Euro 2016). However, it is in club competitions that Rooney could never really touch the stratosphere where his illustrious competitors reside.
Was not he the player we thought he was? Maybe. Rooney could never claim to possess Ronaldo’s superior fitness levels. Nor could he reasonably claim the ethereal brilliance for which Messi has become a hoax. He had something of the genius, which constantly sought to explore its frontiers. His vain experiments of becoming a central midfielder, a player or a wide forward only left him with a sense of his limitations.
When the goals were not there, there was the intense rate of work and insatiable determination. But frustration ended when those attributes turned out to be insufficient. The infamous red haze rooney rooney, with his most public breakout occurring in the 2006 World Cup, when he was sent off in the quarterfinals against Portugal.
Despite his other gifts, it’s hard to imagine Rooney without the goals. The piles, the upper corner bumpers, the headers and the tap-ins. His objectives ensured that England’s managers were never averse to allowing him a position of prominence within the national setting. Talent, vision and skill would find their purest form in Rooney’s goals. It may not come as a surprise that Liverpudlian shares fell when his most decisive contribution declined in the last couple of seasons.
The return of 53 goals in 119 games, however, is a record for England. No player scored more goals, nor did any player make more appearances for the country. These achievements, in themselves, are worthy of a celebration. Rooney had a respectable career for England. But the decor feels a little too simple.
For Rooney there was that inarticulate thing between his bearings – vision. It’s something we associate with every great player. It is a combination of elements – prescience and dexterity come to mind. In Rooney’s career in England, we saw his most expansive show during Euro 2004 when the 18-year-old Liverpool guy put the tournament on. Four goals in two games for a striker who was already the youngest scorer in his country.
English players had made their mark in major tournaments before, but Rooney played with unprecedented safety. Michael Owen and Paul Gascoigne had moments, Rooney seemed to carry a roll of excellence. He was supposed to be the re