A broken bone in his foot ended Rooney’s Euro 2004 campaign
Sunday, September 3, 2017
England would have won Euro 2004 if Wayne Rooney had stayed fit.
Who says so? Wayne Rooney!
The Three Lions’ all-time record goalscorer, who was then just 18, broke a bone in his foot during the quarter-final defeat to host nation Portugal.
But he was convinced that, had it not been for that injury, he would have continued the form that had seen him score four goals in three games and fired England to glory.
He told talkSPORT: “We played really well and I believe if I’d stayed fit we would have won the tournament.
“So again it’s a disappointment [at a major tournament], obviously for me personally getting inured, but for the country.
“We were building momentum, and I believe if I’d stayed fit we would have won it.”
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Wayne Rooney Foundation
Wayne set up his Foundation to use his status to help vulnerable children and young people and improve their lives. He chose the NSPCC, Claire House Children’s Hospice, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and the Manchester United Foundation as beneficiaries. WR organised for all profits from his United testimonial against Everton last year to go to these chosen charities. So far he has raised £1.2m and aims to generate more income and awareness for the charities to go towards lasting projects for children in the north west and nationally.
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