Is this the last European championship for Wayne Rooney?

Rooney is one of the best English football players of his generation. There’s no denying that. He turns 31 after summer and in a world of faced paced football and speedy players, he’ll need to develop a more mature role and contribute in different ways to remain competitive in the England squad. He contributed greatly when playing for his country and his performance in the upcoming European Championship will surely play a part on his future inclusions in the squad.

Rooney’s Strengths

Wayne Rooney is a powerful and incredibly strong with the ball. His presence is felt on the pitch and is often the player to build up the play and almost always is involved in setting up goals. He has tremendous vision and a deep understanding of the game which results excellent assists and selfless play. While he doesn’t have the pace of Dele Alli or Theo Walcott, Rooney’s passion and work on the pitch is unparalleled and the passion has never been greater. Lionel Messi said the following about Wayne Rooney, “We all know football players at the top level are blessed with high wages, it's no secret. But Rooney would play for 100 euros-a-week. You can see the fire in his eyes. It's that fire which makes him the best of the best."

Wayne Rooney for England

Rooney made his debut for the English team at the age of 17 and netted his first goal for the country that same year against Macedonia. His first European Championship was back in 2004 where he bagged four goals and briefly held the record for being the youngest goal scorer of the European Championship. Rooney has a total of 109 caps for his England and scored 51 goals and has surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton’s record by two goals. Rooney has never scored a hat-rick but managed to score twice on 10 separate occasions. There’s no denying Rooney’s passion and determination on the pitch and that is why he will be considered in the England squad for years to come.

Although Rooney is a magnificent all round player, he might not have time for another European Championship as he’ll be turning 35 and it will be hard competing with the younger players. Hopefully we’ll get to see him perform in the World Championship in two year time!

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