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Numbers behind Rooney's England career

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Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney contrast clear as Spurs meet Everton

The FC crew discuss Wayne Rooney's England career and whether an underwhelming 'golden generation' will hurt his legacy.
World Cup Qualifier: Harry Kane (90'+2) Malta 0-4 England
Gareth Southgate insists there is no disconnect with fans after England players were booed during their 4-0 win over Malta.

They may be predecessor and successor, their reigns interrupted only by interim choices. Wayne Rooney was the last designated England captain; come the World Cup, if not sooner, Harry Kane could be confirmed as the next.

The baton will not be passed at Goodison Park on Saturday, but they feel part of a lineage of English forwards. Rooney was the last of the misnamed "Golden Generation;" Kane is the leading light of the current crop. The national team's hopes have rested on each's broad shoulders. 

They...

England show signs of progress, character in comeback win vs. Slovakia

Paul Mariner says England's comeback victory against Slovakia left him uninspired by Gareth Southgate's side.
The guys respond to your tweets about England's World Cup chances, Christen Eriksen and Romelu Lukaku.

LONDON -- Maybe it is time to accentuate the positives with England, remember the depths of despair from Euro 2016 and take every sign of progress as the possibility, however slight, that things may just be getting a little bit better.

It is never easy to put an England performance into context. They are either terrible or world-beaters, with nothing in between, but this 2-1 victory over Slovakia at Wembley was just that -- not good, not bad, but the better side of indifferent.

Less than 18 months...

Marcus Rashford takes his chance as England come back to beat Slovakia

Marcus Rashford's goal and assist sparked England's comeback victory over Slovakia in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

LONDON -- England made heavy work of Slovakia but came from behind to win 2-1. Here are three quick thoughts from Monday's World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

1. England get job done, but bigger tests await in Russia

If England are good at one thing, it is their ability to get the job done when qualifying for a major tournament and this 2-1 Wembley win against Slovakia has put them on the brink of yet another World Cup appearance. Only once since 1994, when England failed to make it to the World...

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Dull England edge towards World Cup with forgettable win over Malta

England edged closer to World Cup qualification with victory over Malta in Group F.
England edged closer to World Cup qualification with victory over Malta in Group F.

MALTA -- Three quick thoughts on Malta 0-4 England in World Cup qualifying Group F on Friday evening.

1. England limp towards World Cup

Job done for Gareth Southgate's England, and a decent scoreline, but their performance until scoring three goals in the last six minutes might be of concern.

Harry Kane scored his first goals of the season after another barren August to help England on their way to maintaining their two-point advantage at the top of Group F. Ryan Bertrand scored his first senior...

Early England retirement sets Wayne Rooney's greatness in proper context

ESPN FC's Mark Ogden feels that while Rooney will go down as an England legend, his retirement makes life easier for Southgate.
Relive the goal that put Wayne Rooney atop England's record books as he surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton's goal record.

When you're anointed at 16 and thrive long enough to live up to the hype so that the world realizes you're for real, a funny thing happens. You still give off your own light but mostly, you reflect that which is cast upon you by others -- others who inevitably see you in the simplest terms and in the most convenient definitions.

As long as you're meeting the expectations thrust upon you, it's fine but once you start coming up short, opinion starts to split. Your weaknesses and failures get magnified;...

The numbers behind Wayne Rooney's record-breaking England career

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Wayne Rooney scored 53 goals for the England national team.

Wayne Rooney announced his intention to retire from international competition on Wednesday, leaving him with the second-most appearances and most goals in England national team history.

The 31-year-old, who was the youngest player to make his England debut when he did so at 17 in 2003, made his 119th and final appearance in the victory over Scotland in November.

He held the distinction of youngest until 2006, when Theo Walcott debuted, 36 days younger than Rooney was.

Only goalkeeper Peter Shilton,...