Wayne Rooney has become England’s most-capped outfield player

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has become England’s most-capped outfield player in history.

He makes his 116th appearance for England as their World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign begins against Slovakia.

The 30-year-old has moved ahead of David Beckham, who played 115 games for, but is still behind behind goalkeeper Peter Shilton, who won 125 caps for England.

New manager Sam Allardyce decided to give Rooney his record start against Slovakia by pairing him with Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.

Rooney made his debut in a friendly against Australia in 2003 and now holds the record for most goals scored (53) and most appearances in competitive matches (70).

He announced he will retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup and will be looking to end his career on a high after over a decade with the national team.

The Englishman will still have a big role to play at Old Trafford and hopes are his retirement will keep him fit in order to provide excellent contributions for Jose Mourinho’s side before he hangs up his boots for good, as Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes managed.

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