Wayne Rooney, England

Wayne Rooney, England

Wayne Rooney, England

Personal information
Full name Wayne Mark Rooney
Date of birth 24 October 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth Croxteth, Liverpool, England
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Manchester United
Number 10
Youth career
1996–2002 Everton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Everton 67 (15)
2004– Manchester United 307 (158)
National team
2000–2001 England U15 4 (2)
2001–2002 England U17 12 (7)
2002–2003 England U19 1 (0)
2003– England 91 (39)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:34, 11 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:30, 04 June 2014 (UTC)

Club: Manchester United

It’s arguable that the country where Wayne Rooney is least appreciated in is his own.

Whether Three Lions fans are simply sick and tired of the English national team underachieving and are looking to isolate the Manchester United man as a scapegoat or not isn’t clear. But what is apparent is that if England are to upset the odds in Brazil, Rooney becomes key.

There are few players in world football as capable of linking play in the final third as well as Rooney, and those who are cannot claim to boast the same incredible defensive work rate.

The former Everton prodigy has been immense all season and has seven goals in six qualifying games; he will serve as the main man up front for Roy Hodgson, and the pieces will be slotted in around him.

At 28, this is his chance to grace a FIFA World Cup in his prime.