Last of the street-fighters, Rooney departs an England great

first_imgThe 31-year-old’s 13-year England era featured glorious highs and shattering lows and left him as one of his country’s most polarising figures.From the boy who grew up on the rough Liverpool streets of Croxteth to the man who won five Premier League titles and the Champions League with Manchester United, Rooney’s rise remains almost too perfect to be true and the England chapter of his tale is well worth reliving.Rooney is England’s all-time leading scorer with 53 goals, more than Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker and Jimmy Greaves could muster, while his 119 appearances make him his country’s most capped out-field player ahead of the likes of Bobby Moore and David Beckham.The only blemish is his failure to transform England into a global force, but even Barcelona icon Lionel Messi has found replicating his sublime club form on the international scene harder than he might have imagined.Profile of Wayne Rooney, England and Manchester United’s record goalscorer, who is retiring from international football © AFP / Gal ROMAForever etched in the memory as the teak tough street-fighter who would crunch into a tackle with as much relish as he took from scoring with a 30-yard rocket, Rooney burst onto the England scene as a 17-year-old in 2003.His debut came in a 3-1 defeat against Australia at Upton Park and a first international goal followed against Macedonia.The sight of Rooney tormenting the Switzerland and Croatia defences in Euro 2004 promised a golden future for the player and his country, but foreshadowing the angst to come a broke bone in his foot proved fatal to Sven Goran Eriksson’s team as they lost to Portugal in the quarter-finals.Rooney went on to play in three World Cups and two further European Championships, showing boundless commitment to the England cause, even if his performances never hit the heights.– Agonising –At times that enthusiasm was to his detriment when he came back from injuries too quickly.He famously announced before the 2006 World Cup that “the big man is back” when he joined up with his England team-mates — only to flop as he played at less than 100 percent before being sent off for stamping on Portugal’s Ricardo Carvalho as Eriksson’s men suffered one of a series of agonising quarter-final exits.The 2010 World Cup in South Africa was supposed to be Rooney’s tournament after a fine campaign with United, but his most memorable contribution came at the end of a 0-0 draw against Algeria when he turned to the camera and criticised England supporters for booing their own side.England were dismal at the 2014 World Cup and his last tournament ended in misery when Roy Hodgson’s team were humiliated by Iceland at Euro 2016.Of Rooney’s seven goals at major tournaments, only one came at a World Cup, while four were when he was just 18.Captaining England 29 times, Rooney’s last appearance came in a win against Scotland in November.The great irony of Rooney’s decision to retire is it came at the moment when he looked capable of one last flourish after an impressive start for Everton following his close-season move back to his boyhood club.Southgate was convinced enough to offer him another chance.But Rooney, marching to his own drum until the end, preferred to focus on leading Everton to silverware instead.Few would deny that England’s loss is Everton’s gain.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wayne Rooney’s 13-year England era featured glorious highs and shattering lows and left him as one of his country’s most polarising figures © AFP/File / Ben STANSALL, Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 24 – While Wayne Rooney will never silence the cynics who carp about his lack of silverware in an England shirt, the astonishing array of records set by the striker ensure his place as one of his country’s all-time greats.Rooney’s announcement of his retirement from the international stage on Wednesday brought the curtain down on an England career that began in a blaze of hyperbole and ended with the Everton star rejecting Gareth Southgate’s offer of a return to the fold.last_img read more

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EXPOSED BY LOCAL BUSINESS: CREDIT CARD SCAMSTERS TARGET DONEGAL

first_imgEXPOSED BY LOCAL BUSINESS: CREDIT CARD SCAMSTERS TARGET DONEGAL was last modified: September 7th, 2012 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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VIEWPOINT: WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE ‘YES’ IN REFERENDUM

first_imgParentstop, Donegal’s free and confidential parent support service, is advocating for a YES vote in the Children’s Referendum. Parentstop Manager, Patricia Lee, said the service is asking people to vote YES because “This referendum is a chance to bring our laws in line with our values as a society – and how we now view children.  A YES vote will make a real and positive difference to the lives of children in Ireland. As we approach the final days of the campaign, I am asking you to join us and take part in a final push to inform the electorate, get out to vote and deliver a resounding ‘Yes’ for children”.Patricia went on to highlight some of the “facts” from the Yes Campaign. There were 1,500 confirmed cases of child abuse in 2011. If a YES vote is successful then, for the first time, the Constitution will take a child-centred approach to child protection and will put an onus on the State to better support families. Patricia also pointed to the almost 2,000 children living in long term State care, who would finally be eligible for adoption in cases where the child cannot successfully return to their birth family.  And she stated that 65% of children are not asked their opinion in court decisions affecting them. The changes will mean that for the first time, judges must listen to the views of children when making their decision in court cases relating to custody or child protection.The Children’s Referendum takes place on Saturday November 10th 2012. The referendum will decide whether our Constitution is updated to strengthen the protection of children in Irish law. Parentstop encourages parents to vote yes for children’s rights and for young people aged 18 and over to vote for those young people who have not yet reached voting age.  Five Reasons to Vote YES in Children’s Referendum*:·         Children will have their rights protected in the constitution·         All children will get the same protection from the state ·         All children will have a chance to grow up in a loving and stable family·         When a decision is made about a child, it will be made in the best interests of that child·         Children will have a right to be heard when decisions are made about them VIEWPOINT: WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE ‘YES’ IN REFERENDUM was last modified: November 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:VIEWPOINT: WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE ‘YES’ IN REFERENDUMlast_img read more

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