Remember when Wayne Rooney's Twitter account was as explosive as his football career?

Is England's most prolific striker also their best tweeter?

Wayne Rooney retires from international duty an England legend, but it’s not just on the pitch that the striker was watched by thousands in his heyday.

Yes, 53 England goals is impressive, but it’s not quite enough to erase Rooney’s hilarious earlier Twitter career from the world’s collective memory.

Like many footballers, the former Manchester United striker joined Twitter to connect with his fans and friends – friends such as centre-back and former teammate Rio Ferdinand.

Rooney there, drastically reducing the likelihood of Rio ever getting his message.

The striker was a very honest tweeter years ago. “Oooossssshhhhh”.

But he could be accused of being a little aggressive now and then.

Then there’s this baffling sequence of thoughts, which reads like a particularly amusing Twitter bio.

Important horse news was also the preserve of Rooney circa 2012.

Meanwhile, the banter was brutal.

However, these days it looks like either Rooney got his account in order, or someone else helped him to. Whether the former or the latter, the tweets have lost their edge a little.

Bit of banter there. He’s got your shoes, Gary.

Yep, Manchester United and England’s leading goalscorer is something of a different man on social media these days, with lovely photos such as this on his page.

How about this effort – beige football tweet of the year, 2016?

Rooney still engages in a little banter, but it’s not of the standard of his Rio Ferdinand tweet is it?

However, shortly after having scored his 200th Premier League goal, Rooney showed that his funny bone hasn’t completely disappeared with this, one of his most successful tweets ever.

Still – not one of his originals, is it?

Enjoy your England retirement, Wayne – we’ll always have your Twitter account.

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