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Wayne Rooney's England highs and lows

Published 10/10/2016

Wayne Rooney is set to be dropped to the bench for England's World Cup qualifier away to Slovenia on Tuesday
Wayne Rooney is set to be dropped to the bench for England's World Cup qualifier away to Slovenia on Tuesday

England's record goalscorer Wayne Rooney is set to be dropped from the starting line-up to face Slovenia in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier.

Here Press Association Sport looks at the 30-year-old's international career peaks and troughs.

HIGH: ENGLAND'S YOUNGEST GOALSCORER

Despite the increased amount of young talent now breaking into the England team earlier than their predecessors, Rooney still holds the record for being the youngest to score. His landmark goal came via a half-volley in a 2-1 win away to Macedonia in September 2003 at the age of just 17 years and 317 days.

HIGH: INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCE

Arguably Rooney's best tournament in an England shirt was Euro 2004 in Portugal when the young tyro scored four times as the Three Lions reached the quarter-finals and he was named in team of the tournament.

LOW: WORLD CUP RED CARD

Rooney went into the 2006 tournament in Germany under something of a cloud having broken a metatarsal just six weeks beforehand, meaning doubts were expressed about his fitness. Rooney's World Cup ended in disgrace as he was sent off in the quarter-final defeat to Portugal after stamping on opponent Ricardo Carvalho.

LOW: FANS BLAST

Another World Cup, this time in South Africa in 2010, which ended in disappointment. Rooney's relationship with supporters nose-dived when, after a frustrating goalless group phase draw with Algeria, he sarcastically said "Nice to see your home (own) fans booing you" right down the lens of an on-pitch television camera.

HIGH: CAPTAINCY

After the international retirement of Steven Gerrard following the 2014 World Cup, then manager Roy Hodgson turned to Rooney as his successor. Rooney said it was "beyond his wildest dreams".

HIGH: ENGLAND'S RECORD GOALSCORER

Sir Bobby Charlton's record tally of 49 had stood for 45 years and, after the likes of Gary Lineker and Michael Owen came up short, Rooney eventually surpassed it. Fittingly for the striker - who has been criticised for not scoring in key matches - it came in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland in September 2015, albeit from the penalty spot.

LOW: WEMBLEY WOE

Rooney was jeered by frustrated fans after the Manchester United star capped a disappointing performance with a wayward shot in the closing stages of Saturday's 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Malta at Wembley.

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