Is this Rooney’s last chance to shine at the World Cup?

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Wayne Rooney has gone into every World Cup as England’s main hope for glory, but could this be his final chance to prove himself as a world-class striker?

So far every major tournament has played out the same way for Wayne Rooney and England. Every time expectant eyes watch on and every time it has been a disappointment. While he is still just 28 years old, this summer's World Cup could be the last chance for the striker to front an international title challenge in the prime of his career.

Rooney burst onto the scene in 2004 set to make an impact for England at the European Championships, but like several other superstars, he has never been able to replicate the form shown for his club Manchester United at a major tournament. Although he has failed to perform on the biggest stage, each time it has not been without reason.

While England were relatively unlucky not to succeed at Euro 2004, Rooney struggled through injury at the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. The Three Lions failed to qualify for Euro 2008 and off-field issues affected his performance in South Africa 2010, while suspension and fitness dragged the forward down at Euro 2012.

As Brazil 2014 approaches, the former Everton wonderkid is heading to the World Cup on the back of a good personal season despite the misfortunes of United and will need to be in top form if England are to pose a threat.

Rooney scored 17 goals in the Premier League this season, but his record at major tournaments will continue to mystify supporters. He is struggling under the spotlight with 0 goals to his name in eight appearances at the World Cup finals - a shocking stat for a striker of his calibre.

With little pressure facing England due to a young squad and a difficult draw, the United star is set to shine. The World Cup is now the perfect opportunity for Rooney to finally end all the questions around his world-class status and seal it with a strong tournament while he still has the ability.

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