Wayne Rooney England football career came to an end on Thursday night at Wembley Stadium. The legendary striker decided to come out of retirement to play his 120th match for the Three Lions to raise money for charity. The 3-0 win against the USA was a perfect send-off for their all-time best scorer. Today, we want to see where Rooney ranks when it comes to most capped players for England national team.
7. Bobby Charlton- 106 Caps
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One of the major reasons why Wayne Rooney is a special legend for England national team is because he managed to break Sir Bobby Charlton 40-year-old goals record. The legendary midfielder scored 49 goals in 106 caps for his country.
Charlton was in the Golden generation that delivered the 1966 World Cup. It is the last major trophy Three Lions have lifted. Rooney has pushed the goal record to 53 but lack of trophies means Bobby is still the best. He also lifted all major trophies in club level with Manchester United.
Frank Lampard also played the same matches (106) for England scoring 29 times.
6. Ashley Cole- 107 Caps
England best left back of all-time is no doubt, Ashley Cole. The former Chelsea and Arsenal defender was simply excellent during his prime years. He was perfect for the team going forward but also did his defensive job well.
He did not score a goal or deliver a trophy for Three Lions in 107 caps he managed to collect. However, at club level, he won all trophies available including UEFA Champions League and Europa League.
5. Bobby Moore- 108 Caps
Bobby Moore was the captain when England lifted 1966 World Cup. The former West Ham star is regarded by many who watched him play as the best central defender of all-time. Pele said he was the toughest center-back he ever faced. He captained the Hammers for more than a decade. He netted 2 goals in 108 caps for Three Lions. He has a statue erected in his honor outside Wembley Stadium.
4. Steven Gerrard- 114 Caps
BREAKING: Steven Gerrard has announced his international retirement after 114 caps & 21 goals for England. pic.twitter.com/71kOIM08vO
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Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard played 114 times for his country between the year 2000 and 2014. The talented central midfielder netted 21 goals for the Three Lions but he failed to deliver any crown. He lifted UEFA Champions League with the Reds in 2005 among several other accolades. He is the current coach of Scottish side Rangers FC.