|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)
|Current club||Manchester United|
|* 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.