Early England retirement sets Wayne Rooney's greatness in proper context

ESPN FC's Mark Ogden feels that while Rooney will go down as an England legend, his retirement makes life easier for Southgate. Relive the goal that put Wayne Rooney atop England's record books as he surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton's goal record. When you're anointed at 16 and thrive long enough to live up to the hype so that the world realizes you're for real, a funny thing happens. You still give off your own light but mostly, you reflect that which is cast upon you by others -- others who inevitably see you in the simplest terms and in the most convenient definitions. As long as you're meeting the expectations thrust upon you, it's fine but once you start coming up short, opinion starts to split. Your weaknesses and failures get magnified;...

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