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Wayne Rooney becomes England’s most-capped outfield player ever. (Picture: Getty Images)
Wayne Rooney has become England’s most-capped outfield player in history.
The England and Manchester United captain makes his 116th appearance for England as their World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign begins against Slovakia.
Rooney has moved one ahead of David Beckham, who played 115 games for the Three Lions, but the striker is still behind Peter Shilton, who won 125 caps for England.
The 30-year-old was given his record start against Slovakia by new manager Sam Allardyce, who opted to pair the United striker in attack with Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
Rooney made his debut for England in a friendly against Australia in 2003, and at the time was the youngest player in the nation’s history to make his bow before Theo Walcott made his first international appearance in 2006.
The United forward also holds the record for the most goals scored for England (53) and the most appearances in competitive matches (70).