Now 33, Rooney concedes that the pressure to succeed for England meant playing for his country was not always enjoyable - something he does not expect to be the case this week.
Ahead of his final England outing against the United States, Wayne Rooney feels at ease enough to enjoy the experience. He's coming off a terrific season in the States with DC United and is in good form.
For Rooney, this may be a throwback.
Suffers a foot injury as England lose their Euro 2004 quarter-final to hosts Portugal in a penalty shoot-out. Time may have dulled some of the zest but the mind will be free.
"When things weren't going well at half-time he'd have a pop at the whole squad. Obviously I've seen talk of a loan move back here and that's something I'm not prepared to do".
"I think he deserves it (Thursday's game)".
The recall has devalued the occasion they said, for all that the charitable collections outside the stadium are to be welcomed. We had stayed in contact, we have had the idea for 12 months.
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Rooney can not wait for his four boys to see him take the field in an England shirt one last time, especially the fact his youngest Cass Mac will be in the ground, before the family continue their new life in Washington.
"Everyone's entitled to their opinion". "But whether people agree with it or not, it's something that's happening", he added.
"As a country, obviously we haven't done anything like this before". I hope that in 10, 15 years' time, we're sat here for someone say Harry Kane, who could possibly go on and get the goal-scoring record.
Rooney's last outing for the Three Lions was the 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley in November 2016.
"As I said to Gareth, whatever he wants is what I will try and give him".
"I don't know how much I'm going to play", he told his club's website. I would never have done that.
Sarachan - who has been in interim charge of the U.S. for over a year - was equally positive about Rooney's impact on MLS, saying: It's been what I thought it would be like with a guy like Wayne Rooney. "It was the right decision to make". Kane, 25, has already scored 19 goals for his country in 34 appearances, putting him on pace to smash Rooney's record.
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"Some good games, some bad games", he says.
Southgate will take the chance to tap into Rooney's knowledge around the farewell.
Weah netted his first competitive goal for PSG during a Trophee des Champions meeting with Monaco back in August.
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Keane, whose debut in Germany came as the hosts paid similar respects to Lukas Podolski, spent a season with Rooney at Everton previous year and praised the impact of the former England captain. A lot of the other managers didn't give the youth an opportunity to express themselves and have an impact.
"I thought they would be good enough to have a go at a World Cup, but maybe the next one (2022) rather than in Russian Federation. They proved me wrong by doing so well in this World Cup".
Rooney also revealed that he spoke to England manager Southgate about playing in a farewell match before the World Cup but they decided it wasn't the right time with the potential to disrupt preparations.
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"But my time has been and gone". That's the story of my England career.