Wayne Rooney set to join the 100 caps club – Manchester United hero Wayne Rooney is set to create history with his country as the skipper will be the ninth Englishman to be capped in the 100 group.
Manchester United hero Wayne Rooney is set to create history with his country as the skipper will be the ninth Englishman to be capped in the 100 group.
Group E has been an easy ride for Roy Hodgson’s men as they will be looking for a fourth successive victory at home to Slovenia on Saturday.
While teams like Germany, holders Spain, the Netherlands and Portugal have all suffered surprising defeats, England have a 100 percent record after games away to Switzerland (2-0) and Estonia (1-0) and at home to San Marino (5-0).
Prior the matchday, Wayne Rooney spoke about the achievement to the press. He said, “I’ll be proud to join that club and it is something that myself and my family would be honoured by.” But as Wayne Rooney sets to achieve an unthinkable record, we highlight 5 reasons that we learnt from this historic feat.
In Wayne’s world, England are only ordinary
Even as Wayne Rooney reaches the 100 cap milestone, his country are still in the process of reaching the heights of prominence. The likes of Spain, Germany and Brazil are producing enough talent on the world stage and conquering World Cups as well as Euro championships. England, a single World Cup winner in 1966, has not produced a World Cup winning side yet.
Wayne Rooney is no match winner
He may score goals galore for his club, Manchester United but Wayne Rooney cuts a sorry figure on the international front. 43 goals in his 99 appearances, Rooney has not provided the ‘cutting edge’ on the major tourneys and that’s why England has yet to prove a world beater.
No short of talent
With or without Wayne Rooney, one thing is for sure – England are no shortage on talent. The likes of Jack Wilshere, Jordan Henderson, Saido Berhaino are some of the names that could be the future leaders of their country at the World Cup’s and the Euro Championships.
Rooney needs a WC or a Euro medal
If ‘Roo’ needs to be classified in the same breath as the great Pele or Diego Maradona, the former needs a World Cup medal. It’s not that Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi are not great but Wayne Rooney needs to end his career on a high!
England need to play more freely
Roy Hodgson’s men at times play fluid football but against the bigger sides, they fall flat. The passing game and the defense don’t go in hand in hand and that’s the reason why the English are not so successful in the major tournaments.