Rooney breaks England caps record

England's striker Wayne Rooney takes part in a training session at St George's Park near Burton-Upon-Trent in central England on August 30, 2016 ahead of their World Cup 2018 qualifier football match against Slovakia. England face Slovakia in a World Cup qualifier in Trnava on September 4. Anthony Devlin / AFP

England’s striker Wayne Rooney takes part in a training session at St George’s Park near Burton-Upon-Trent in central England on August 30, 2016 ahead of their World Cup 2018 qualifier football match against Slovakia. England face Slovakia in a World Cup qualifier in Trnava on September 4.<br />Anthony Devlin / AFP

Wayne Rooney became England’s most capped outfield player when he was awarded his 116th cap by new manager Sam Allardyce in Sunday’s opening 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Slovakia.

Team captain Rooney, 30, surpasses his former England team-mate David Beckham, who was capped 115 times by his country.

Goalkeeper Peter Shilton, capped 125 times, holds the overall record.

“I think it is always important and an honour to represent your country,” Rooney said on the eve of the game in Trnava.

“To do it the second-most times will be great, but tomorrow (Sunday) is about the team, about getting three points.

“I’m sure one day in the future I will look back, but for now, I’m looking to the game tomorrow and nothing else.”

Rooney is also England’s record goal-scorer with 53 goals, having broken Bobby Charlton’s long-standing record of 49 in September 2015.

As expected, the Manchester United skipper was selected in a number 10 role behind Harry Kane as England began life under Allardyce.

Allardyce took over from Roy Hodgson, who stepped down as manager following England’s humiliating last 16 defeat by Iceland at Euro 2016.



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