2006 World Cup
Having freshly recovered from a foot injury, Wayne Rooney famously announced his belated arrival at England’s German training base just before the 2006 World Cup by proclaiming “the big man is back”. But that playful boast backfired as Rooney, lacking match sharpness, produced a series of lacklustre displays before his tournament ended in acrimony when he was sent off for a stamp on Ricardo Carvalho during their quarter-final defeat against Portugal.
England failed to make it to the 2008 European Championship.
2010 World Cup
Rooney cut a listless figure at the World Cup and earned widespread criticism for berating fans who booed them after a 0-0 draw vs Algeria.
The European Championship was another write-off for Rooney, who was suspended for the first two group matches before England lost to Italy on penalties in the quarters.