When England host Slovenia in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Saturday, the occasion will mark the 100th cap for new captain Wayne Rooney. He’ll become the ninth England player to achieve this.
Rooney made his debut in a friendly against Australia in February 2003, at the time becoming the youngest ever England international. Since then, he has amassed 99 caps and 43 goals for the Three Lions.
Nike are helping Rooney to celebrate this landmark with a special pair of Hypervenom boots that he’ll wear for the Wembley encounter. In their usual Hyper Crimson/White/Atomic Orange colorway, these cleats the number ‘100’ in black on the outside, with the first zero designed in the form of a wolf. Above this is a small St. Georges cross, the flag of England, and Rooney’s initials.
The Manchester United striker is the source of much debate over his performance levels for his country. However, at just 29 years of age he looks set to beat Peter Shilton’s record of 125 England caps and Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 goals, meaning that he is sure to go down as one of England’s all-time greats.
Slovenia will need to be at their sharpest to ensure that Rooney’s wait for his next international goal goes on a little longer.