Wayne Rooney most certainly assured his spot as one of England’s finest players during his tenure with Manchester United, which saw him rise to footballing greatness. The striker has often been compared to English legend Sir Bobby Charlton, whose goalscoring record he equaled and broke at the Old Trafford outfit.
The event was an important milestone in Rooney’s career, and a Golden Boot awarded to him by Charlton himself stands testament to that. However, there is one Bobby Charlton achievement for which the current Everton star would swap his goalscoring record to achieve.
The 31-year-old revealed (via Mirror): “Sir Bobby still has the one record we’d all really love to have – being part of the only England team to win the World Cup. His records have stood for so long. He was such a great player, so to get those records of his is something I was extremely proud of.”
But Wazza insisted: “I’d definitely give him back those goalscoring records in exchange for a World Cup winner’s medal – if only I could!”
The tone of regret is certainly heartfelt, as the striker announced his retirement from English international football at the start of this season, shortly after moving to Everton from Old Trafford.
Rooney has undoubtedly been a great servant to his country, and the lack of a World Cup winners’ medal is truly the only thing missing from his decorated trophy cabinet, as along with Michael Carrick, he is the only English player to have won every major honor with United. But regardless, it doesn’t reduce the sparkle of an otherwise excellent career in the slightest.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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