Wayne Rooney will take his two children onto the pitch to celebrate his 100 caps for England next month against Slovenia in the European Qualifiers, according to the Daily Star. The Manchester United striker will be the ninth England player to get to 100 caps which do included the likes of David Beckham, Sir Bobby Charlton, Bobby Moore and Peter Shilton. Rooney has scored 43 goals for England so far and he also reckons that winning the first three games after a terrible display at the World Cup in Brazil. England sit top of the Group E with nine points after three games. Speaking about his 100th England cap, Rooney said:
“It will be great. It would have been nice if it had been against Scotland at Celtic Park. But it’s a great honour to get 100 caps for England and I’ll be looking forward to it and excited about the next game.
“Obviously my two boys will walk on to the pitch with me, but that will be it.
“It’s a fantastic achievement, to play for your country for so long and represent your country so many times.
“I remember when players like David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole got their 100 caps and how much it meant to them.
“It’s a great achievement and I’ll be really proud to achieve that.”
Rooney admitted that he never dreamt about representing his country 100 times when he broke through into the Everton senior team back in 2002 when he was 16-years-old. The striker has had some great games in his career, scoring his first goal against Arsenal, taking the Barclays Premier League by storm before securing to move to Manchester United in the summer of 2004, marking his debut with a hat-trick against Fenerbahce in the UEFA Champions League. Rooney continued by saying:
“When I ﬁrst got into the team I never imagined this. But over the last two or three years, when I got into the 70s, 80s, 90s, then you know it is going to happen.
“It will be nice to get it and hopefully there will be many more after. I think I’ll be the youngest to do it, but I started younger than most players start international football. It will be a special moment for me.”
Rooney insisted that Roy Hodgson’s men are not going to leave any stone unturned in a bid to be successful in their qualification for the European Championships in 2016. England have now played three matches, winning all and topping the group. Rooney has scored in the last two matches. Rooney concluded by saying:
“The qualification campaign is going as well as we could have hoped for.
“We know we have the quality in the team. The pleasing thing is since the World Cup the lads are willing to learn and take information in.
“And that’s not just on the pitch. In the hotel we’re doing a lot of work to make sure we get the small details right. The lads are really bang into it.
“Obviously I’m not going to come out and reveal the private details, but we’re learning every time and, every time we get together, it’s great to see how much we are getting better.”