Wayne Rooney has played his last game for the English National Team. Rooney retires as England’s all time leading goal scorer with 53 goals, and 119 caps which leaves him just six appearances behind Peter Shilton all-time, a really impressive feat for Rooney, considerably Shilton was a goalie, and their careers are often longer than that of outfield players. Rooney was never quite able to take over an international tournament like other great stars have, but he was also cursed with some seriously bad luck and bad timing when it came to injuries and international tournaments. Rooney at his height was a special player, and he will be missed for England.
All players struggle and work hard to make it to the big leagues in soccer. Some have an easier time than others though, some people are just so incredibly talented, that they can make it to the pros without any real upheaval in their journey. Former Colorado Rapids defender Shane O’Neill was not like that. He has gone from MLS youth leagues to obscure leagues all around England, and then eventually back to the top level of the Eredivisie. Ives Galarcep through Goal.com discusses with O’Neill his journey, and where things go from here.
Team USA is no stranger to having players injured going into key international games. This cycle seems particularly bad though, as the US defense looks to be without John Brooks, Fabian Johnson, Omar Gonzalez, and possibly DeAndre Yedlin all from injury. This is a killer list of defenders out, and others will have to step up in their place. Jeff Carlisle of ESPNFC talks about the U.S. options for their World Cup Qualifying games coming up.
There are a lot of big names that qualified from the playoffs to the Champions League group stages this year. Liverpool, Napoli, Sevilla, etc. But there was a great cinderella story, Qarabag, a team from Azerbaijan that will play in the Champions League group stages, the first team from that country to ever do that. Qarabag probably won’t advance in the Champions League, but here’s hoping they give a good account of themselves in the group stages.
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