Rooney netted 53 goals across 119 appearances for his country
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Jamie Carragher believes Wayne Rooney should be regarded as an England legend following his former teammates’ decision to retire from international football.
The Three Lions’ all-time leading goal scorer has called a day on his international career after netting 53 goals across 119 appearances for his country.
Rooney, who has enjoyed a bright start to his second spell with boyhood club Everton, was set to receive a recall to the senior squad by England boss Gareth Southgate.
But despite Southgate wanting to reintroduce the 31-year-old back into the international fold, Rooney has decided to go against the wishes of the Three Lions boss.
And Carragher believes Rooney – for all the criticism he has received throughout his time with England – should go down as one of the country’s all-time greats.
“I understand why he sometimes gets criticism,” Carragher told Drivetime.
“He was a name along with Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and David Beckham, when we never got to level we should have as a squad.
“But it goes more on Wayne because he’s a big name player. When you go as a squad to a tournament, one man can’t determine how the rest of the squad performs.
“He’s one of the few England players who you can actually say has had a great tournament. You can probably name five or six and Wayne Rooney is part of that gang in 2004.
“But if you’re your country’s leading goal scorer and your record is one goal every two international games, I think you’ve got to be saying he’s right up there with the England legends.”
Listen to the full interview with Jamie Carragher on Drivetime above.