Wayne Rooney has announced his retirement from international football. He is England’s record goalscorer with 53 goals. He the second most capped player, with 119 appearances, with only Peter Shilton topping this. He is England’s most capped outfield player.
“I actually spoke to Lucy before the game because we’ve only had Kelly Smith ever on the short-list for FIFA World Player of the Year and I said to her before the game: ‘this is your stage and you’re our next player who I believe personally can get on that list and have that recognition as an England player.’” - Alex Scott on Lucy Bronze ahead of the 2017 FA Cup Final
Began his club career in England with Manchester United, with the scout who had spotted his talent at the age of 15 sending a telegram to manager Matt Busby which read: “I think I’ve found you a genius.” After making his debut for United aged 17, he scored 179 goals from 470 appearances over 11 years, and was the club’s top goalscorer in the league for five consecutive seasons.
Best was voted 8th in the World Soccer 100 greatest football players of the 20th century election in 1999 and was voted 16th in the IFFHS World Player of the Century election in 1999. He was on the six man short list for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Century in 1999. Best was one of the inaugural 22 inductees into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2004, he was voted 19th in the public UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll and was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players. Former Brazilian footballer Pelé stated, “George Best was the greatest player in the world". Best was once quoted as saying, “Pelé called me the greatest footballer in the world. That is the ultimate salute to my life.” On what would have been his 60th birthday, Belfast City Airport was renamed the George Best Belfast City Airport. According to the BBC, Best was remembered by mourners at his public funeral held in Belfast as “the beautiful boy” [with a] “beautiful game”.
omg your headcanons have been frizzin' gold so far! Marcus flint x Oliver wood?
v into the idea of marcus and oliver running into each other again post-hogwarts, oliver a hot shot up n coming quidditch pro, flint a coach who gets assigned to him
“those who can’t fly, huh,” oliver says, mounting up on his broom the first day, and flint eyes him coolly, appraisingly and doesn’t say anything
and flint works oliver harder than anyone else on the team, expects more of him, doesn’t ever give him any praise, pulls him up on the tiniest things, leaves oliver furious and shaking with rage because he’s the best recruit puddlemere have seen in years, and then when he gets angry he makes mistakes and flint makes him work even harder
very late nights circling round the quidditch pitch with flint a dark figure below, pushing oliver on, never shouting, just clear concise orders, oliver’s whole world narrowing to his broom and flint and whatever flint’s going to tell him to do next
out with drinks with his teammates, carefully ignoring them whispering about how flint could have played for whoever he liked and chose to coach instead, youngest professional coach since krum sr in the 60s, but he does ask why flint never comes out with them, and the others just shrug
flint’s big hands, big shoulders
oliver says, “do you want to get a drink sometime?” and flint says, “no”; oliver flushes and says, “i didn’t mean like that. fuck, you’re arrogant,” and flint raises his eyebrows and says “still no”
flying has always been like breathing to oliver; now quidditch is, too. he’s up in the air and blocking shots before he even realises what he was doing. the tactics seem to fall open to him, like a book he can scan while the other team are still scrambling into formation. he shouts instructions to the chasers, never mind he’s not captain here, and they follow his lead and score. he skips past a bludger so that it rebounds on a hoop and heads back at the holyhead beater, blocks a wayward shot on his way past. later that night he’s exhausted, limping round another lap of the pitch. flint says, “again”
oliver says, “you were a good captain, in school” and flint looks at him. after a moment he nods.
once when they’re packing up late at night and oliver is so tired he’s already walked into the door three times in an attempt to leave, flint says, “you’re not talented, like potter is. but you work hard.” for three days oliver replays it in his head over and over, something small and furious and glowing in his chest
“i think he’s thick,” oliver rages over a pint to angelina. “there’s no other reason, he doesn’t talk, he’s not smart enough to play the cool mysterious angle, he’s just an idiot who happens to be - to be - he’s all right at quidditch, i mean, but i think he’s thick,” and angelina says, “mm, maybe,” without much interest. oliver looks down at his lap, his hands shaking there. later he tells marcus his theory and flint just laughs. “all right,” he says.
“how come you don’t fly?” oliver asks, because the other coaches do, get up in the air and work training tactics with them. flint says, “i will when you earn it.”
oliver gets up when it’s still dark and runs before training. he’s the last one on the pitch at night. his boyish muscles have settled, firmed up, he’s stronger and surer than ever, he knows that he’s going to be one of the best quidditch players england has seen in a long, long time.
flint says, “again.” oliver’s exhausted body does as its told. he’s going to earn it.
A seventh-year Hogwarts AU in which Niall gets all the girls, Liam goes on a journey of self-discovery, Zayn falls in love, Harry wants something more, and Louis tries to figure out once and for all why he, a Muggleborn, was sorted into Slytherin. (175k, 16/16)
Harry first noticed Louis in his second term at Hogwarts, and despite three years of inventing ways to stumble across Louis, he’s never managed to actually work up the courage to speak to him. Also known as, self-indulgent Hogwarts AU, because every fandom needs Hogwarts AUs. (27k, part one of a series)
John Terry, Central Defender, one of five players to have made over 500 appearances for Chelsea and is also the club’s all-time highest scoring defender. He is considered to be one of the greatest central defenders of his generation. Terry was named UEFA Club Defender of the Year in 2005, 2008 and 2009, PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2005, and was included in the FIFPro World XI for five consecutive seasons, from 2005 to 2009. He was also named in the all-star squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the only English player to make the team. Terry is Chelsea’s most successful captain, having led them to four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and one UEFA Champions League title since 2004.
Eni Aluko: ‘The minute you are brave enough to talk about race you are in a difficult situation’
In a revealing interview, the striker opens up on her problems with the Football Association after telling the organisation about what she felt was ‘discrimination, victimisation and bullying’ in the England camp
Why is it so important to you, after everything that has come out, to tell your side of the story in response?
Until now I haven’t felt the need to speak publicly about what happened. One, the terms of my agreement with the Football Association meant I wasn’t able to speak about the facts of the case unless they became public and, two, I didn’t think it was needed because I had been trying to move on and put it behind me.