WAYNE EARNED THAT FINAL CAP
I WAS capped by my country at both U17 and U18 level. To achieve that honour, I had to do what many senior players have talked about recentprove ly - I had to myself as being better at the time than many other very good players. In my case, I played alongside future full internationals like Michael Thomas and Tony Daley, while great lads like Paul Merson and Paul Ince missed out on selection. I only got in ahead of those top players by training well, playing well, scoring goals and fighting my hardest. And my character within the squad was tested before I was awarded my caps. No, these were not full international caps. But I completely understand what it takes to earn international caps at a certain level. With that credential established, I want to say that Wayne Rooney absolutely earned the right to be awarded one more cap. As a 119-cap player, and our record goalscorer of all-time, there is nobody who has done more to EARN the opportunity to be honoured with one further cap – a full stop on a great international career. Anybody who argues against that, in my opinion, is completely missing the point.
LAST HURRAH: England’s Wayne Rooney attempts a shot on goal against the USA