WAYNE ROONEY believes England would have been crowned Euro 2004 champions if he had stayed fit.
The fresh-faced 18-year-old dared to have the nation dreaming after lighting up the tournament with four goals.
His opening strike against Switzerland also ensured he became the youngest goalscorer in European final history.
But with Roo in the form of his life and England 1-0 ahead against Portugal in the quarter-finals, a broken metatarsal cruelly ended his tournament in the 27th minute of the contest.
England went on to lose on penalties and the wait to win their second major tournament continued.
And Rooney, who comes out of international retirement for one final swansong against the USA tonight, believes the Three Lions would have lifted the trophy if he remained fit.
Wayne Rooney – His England career broken down
- England appearances: 119
- Debut: vs Australia 12 Feb 2003, aged 17 years 111 days
- International goals: 53 – England’s record goal haul
- First goal: vs Macedonia 6 September 2003
- Wins: 71, Draws: 29, Losses: 19
- Major tournaments: Six
- World Cup goals: One – vs Uruguay in 2014
- Red cards: Two – Portugal 2006, Montenegro 2012
- Caps as captain: 22 games
- First captaincy: vs Brazil 14 November 2009
- England managers : Six – Eriksson, McClaren, Capello, Hodgson, Allardyce, Southgate
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Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “The only time I really looked back was when I stopped playing, when you start looking at different situations, different games, what you can do better.
“I think overall it was good, getting records was the highlight of it, but then you look back in disappointment in the main areas of it, in the tournaments.
“Euro 2004 was good; I still believe the form I was in, the confidence I had, if I’d stayed fit I believe we would have won it.”
Roo will come on against the USA in the 53rd minute – the same number of international goals he has scored, and will wear the captain’s armband.