Jack Wilshere had paid tribute to Wayne Rooney on social media following the Everton striker’s retirement from international football.
Wilshere has described Rooney as an England legend on social media following the 31-year-old’s retirement from international football.
Wilshere got his first call-up for England’s senior squad seven years ago when Rooney was already an established team member. Therefore, it’s no wonder that the 25-year-old looks up to the former Manchester United star.
Rooney is England’s all-time top goalscorer, netting 53 goals in 119 appearances for the Three Lions. He got his first call up for his country in 2003, at a similar age to Wilshere, but went on to have a dramatically different career.
Wilshere hasn’t played for England since Euro 2016 and while a lot of this is because he’s been injured, this will probably come as little consolation to a midfielder rapidly approaching what’s supposed to be peak age.
He’s made 34 appearances for England and scored twice.
Hopefully, instead of dwelling on what terrible luck hasn’t allowed him to achieved, Wilshere will look to the future and use the likes of Rooney to spur him on.
Whether he’ll stay at Arsenal or not remains to be seen but his international career is far more certain if he stays fit.