Wayne Rooney's England highs and lows

Mark Lawford
Wayne Rooney scores his second goal against Croatia at Euro 2004

Wayne Rooney has called time on his England career after 53 goals in 119 matches for his country.

Yahoo Sport looks back at his international peaks and troughs

HIGH – Becomes the youngest player to play for England in February 2003 at 17 years and 111 days in a friendly defeat against Australia.

HIGH – In September of that year, at 17 years and 317 days, becomes youngest player to score for England with the equaliser in a 2-1 away win over Macedonia in a Euro 2004 qualifying match.

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HIGH – Sets the record for the youngest scorer in finals history with two in the 3-0 win over Switzerland at Euro 2004 in Portugal, only to see the record broken four days later. Goes on to score twice in England’s final group match, a 4-2 win over Croatia.

LOW – Suffers a foot injury as England lose their Euro 2004 quarter-final to hosts Portugal in a penalty shoot-out.

Wayne Rooney saw red in the 2006 World Cup for this stamp on Ricardo Carvalho

LOW – Faces a fitness race ahead of the 2006 World Cup in Germany after injuring his foot in a Premier League game for Manchester United. Despite being fit, he fails to score in the group stages.

LOW – Is shown a red card in the quarter-final defeat to Portugal for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho, also becoming involved in an altercation with United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo following the incident. To add insult to injury England lose on penalties and Rooney is fined by FIFA.

LOW – Misses out on Euro 2008 as England finish third in their qualifying group behind Croatia and Russia.

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HIGH – Top-scores for England during the 2010 World Cup qualifiers with nine goals.

HIGH – Captains England for first time in 2009 in a friendly against Brazil.

LOW – Criticises fans for booing the England players after a 0-0 draw with Algeria in the second group match at the 2010 World Cup. Subsequently apologises for his actions.

LOW – England are eliminated after losing 4-1 to Germany in the second round, with Rooney scoreless through the tournament.

Wayne Rooney slammed England fans after the 2010 World Cup draw against Algeria

LOW – Sent off in a Euro 2010 qualifier against Montenegro for a foul on Miodrag Dzudovic and banned for the first three games of the finals in Poland and Ukraine, subsequently reduced to two on appeal.

HIGH – After missing games against France and Sweden, scores the only goal of the final group game with Ukraine to enable England to progress to the quarter-finals.

LOW – England are knocked out after losing a penalty shoot-out 4-2 to Italy, despite Rooney netting his spot-kick.

HIGH – Captains England in a competitive match for the first time, scoring twice in a 2014 World Cup qualifier against San Marino.

HIGH – Scores against Brazil twice in 2013, the first a 2-1 win at Wembley and the second in a 2-2 draw during the official reopening of the refurbished Maracana Stadium.

LOW – England are eliminated from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after finishing last in their group, losing to Italy and Uruguay and drawing with Costa Rica.

Wayne Rooney becomes England’s all-time goalscorer with a penalty against Switzerland in 2015

HIGH – Following Steven Gerrard’s international retirement, is named as England’s full-time captain by Roy Hodgson. He scored the only goal against Norway in a friendly.

HIGH – Wins his 100th England cap in November 2014 and scores a penalty as England defeat Slovenia in a Euro 2016 qualifier.

HIGH – In September 2015, breaks Bobby Charlton’s England scoring record with his 50th goal in a Euro 2016 qualifying match against Switzerland.

LOW – Despite Rooney scoring the opening goal, England lose 2-1 to Iceland in the knockout stages to bow out of Euro 2016.

HIGH – Earns his 116th cap in September 2016 to make him England’s most-capped outfield player.

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