With Wayne Rooney calling time on his international career this week, former England and Manchester United team-mate Rio Ferdinand has delivered an emotional tribute for the striker.
Rooney became England’s all-time record goalscorer back in 2015, surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton’s haul.
And the Everton frontman would broke more records as he later became his country’s most-capped outfield player.
However, despite securing his spot in the record books, Rooney’s international farewell has encouraged the 31-year-old’s doubters to voice their criticisms of the player.
But Ferdinand, who spent 10 years lining up alongside Rooney for United, isn’t having any of it.
The BT Sports’ pundit published an emotional Instagram tribute to his former team-mate this afternoon, claiming Rooney arrived in a “whirlwind of class, aggression, passion all ripped into one with footballing ability and technique.”
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England Record Goalscorer ✔️ & England Record Outfield Appearances ✔️ Golden Generation that never delivered… However that shouldn’t tarnish what this fella has achieved in an @england Shirt…. Great Player… Great Goalscorer & Great Team Mate… Always put the Team first! Too many doubters out there saying he’s not an England great….. well he’s smashed both records! When he came onto the scene at the Euros… it was a whirlwind of class, aggression, passion all ripped into one with footballing ability & technique. I love him, fantastic guy and a pleasure to have played with for club & Country. He will sorely missed in that England dressing room…. At times, as a country we haven’t appreciated him like he deserves. I’ve spent many a time with Wazza landing in different countries across the world & the adulation/respect he has when he lands is unreal.. superstar! Congratulations on a fantastic England Career @waynerooney 👏🏽
Rooney made his international debut during a 3-1 defeat to Australia at Upton Park in 2003, before going on to enjoy a breakthrough campaign at Euro 2004.
However, despite Rooney ending his international career, Ex-England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson reckons he could still be persuaded into returning for the World Cup in Russia next summer.