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Seven un-captain moments from Wayne Rooney

Simon Rice

Published 28/08/2014 | 15:29

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Wayne Rooney

There's been a vacancy to fill ever since Steven Gerrard announced his international retirement after the World Cup.

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Roy Hodgson wasn't left with many choices over who to appoint - the England squad is full of youngsters and players who can't be guaranteed a place in the starting XI.

Rooney has a ton of caps under his belt and having been made captain of Manchester United by Louis van Gaal earlier this summer, some would say he has shown the maturity needed for the role.

But he hasn't always been considered captaincy material. Here, we remember seven moments in an England shirt in which Rooney was far from a shining example to those around him.

Not good at tournaments

At his first major tournament, Euro 2004, Rooney was brilliant before it was halted by injury. But since then, he's consistently failed to make an impact. At the 2006 World Cup he was half fit and then got sent off, the 2010 tournament he was simply useless, at Euro 2012 was absent for most of it through suspension and in Brazil - managed just the one goal as England crashed out at the group stage.

Nice to see your home fans boo you

After arguably the most dour England performance ever seen, a 0-0 draw with Algeria at the 2010 World Cup, England left the field to boos from their own supporters. Rooney barked into a camera as he left the pitch: 'Nice to see your home fans boo you. That's loyal supporters.' Those fans, who had travelled half way round the world to support the Three Lions, were unsurprisingly not best pleased.

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Wayne Rooney of England speaks to a cameraman as he walks off the pitch dejected after the 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Group C match between England and Algeria 

Lost it against Northern Ireland

In 2005, England contrived to lose 1-0 to Northern Ireland. Rooney was almost as angry as the England supporters - so much so that late in the first half he became frustrated at a series of fouls on him by the Northern Ireland players. He managed to get booked, and then started arguing with then captain David Beckham, who was trying to calm him down. He also ignored Rio Ferdinand as he attempted to talk to him.

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Red card vs Montenegro

Rooney managed to get himself sent off in England's Euro 2012 qualifier for flippantly kicking out. It left him with a three-match ban that overshadowed the build-up to the tournament. It was eventually reduced to two games but Rooney lacked match fitness and it was another disappointing tournament for England.

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Throwing his boots

During the 2006 World Cup, Rooney was subbed off during the group stage match against Sweden. He wasn't best pleased at the decision and showed it by taking off his boots and slamming them against the ground.

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Red card vs Portugal

England's 2006 World Cup campaign came to an end against Portugal - a defeat not helped by the fact Rooney had got himself sent off for stomping on Ricardo Carvalho. His then Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to help rile up Rooney during the match and then performed a cheeky wink towards the Portugal bench after the England striker was sent off.

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Ripping off the armband

Rooney tore off a black armband being worn to honour the deceased Emlyn Hughes and Keith Weller due to his frustration at being substituted. When Sven Goran Eriksson took him off, Rooney also swore at the England bench and refused to acknowledge his replacement Alan Smith. 'I did not like what I saw and it is bad for England', Eriksson said after the game against Spain in 2004.

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