Twitter Reacts to Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge's Performances vs. Uruguay

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 19, 2014

MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 14:  Daniel Sturridge of England speaks to Wayne Rooney of England during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between England and Italy at Arena Amazonia on June 14, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
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Finally, the drought is over. No, England haven't won the World Cup. But Wayne Rooney scored his first goal of the World Cup.

The Manchester United star watched two gilt-edged chances go begging earlier in the match before finally finding the back of the net in the 75th minute, bringing England level 1-1 with Uruguay.

Although Rooney has built an impressive scoring record at the international level, this was the first time he'd scored at a World Cup, per ESPN Stats & Info:

The New York Times tracked the player and ball movements leading up to the goal:

All of Rooney's hard work was undone nine minutes later when Luis Suarez fired home the winner, giving Uruguay a 2-1 lead that ended up being the final result.

That was the culmination of what was a frustrating night for the Three Lions and their biggest star.

It's unfair to be too hard on Rooney, but there's no question that the match would've changed completely had he scored on his header in the 31st minute or his point-blank left-footed effort in the 54th minute. Uruguay are a tough side, and you can't afford to let good opportunities like that go to waste.

Despite those misses, Rooney certainly earned man of the match honors for England. Many took to social media to praise one of England's few shining lights on Thursday.

Track star Usain Bolt was simply happy to watch football:

The Score's Richard Whittall summed up the general feeling after Rooney's goal. He had so many close calls that you wanted to see him finally get the monkey off his back:

Roger Bennett of Men in Blazers thinks Americans will now embrace Rooney as one of their own:

Mark Ogden of The Telegraph thought the goal was much deserved given the player's performance on the pitch:

The Daily Mail's Dominic King echoed those sentiments and also singled out Glen Johnson, who provided the assist:

With the goal, Rooney moved into a tie for fourth with Michael Owen on the Three Lions' scoring chart, per Squawka:

Oliver Holt of the Daily Mirror remained critical after the match. He felt that pushing Raheem Sterling out wide to make room for Rooney was the wrong move for Roy Hodgson:

The performance of Daniel Sturridge was likely just as polarizing for England supporters.

The Liverpool striker did a great job of turning the defense and creating the space for which Johnson to run into for his cross on the Rooney goal.

Former MLS star and current NBC Sports analyst Kyle Martino kept it brief:

Another former MLS star, Alecko Eskandarian, remained a bit skeptical and thought Sturridge was far upstaged by his Liverpool teammate on the other end of the pitch:

Football writer Graham Ruthven and American Soccer Now were much more positive toward the forward's effort:

Many will be driving the final nail into England's World Cup coffin after tonight, but their tournament is far from over. It's entirely possible that some combination of Uruguay, Costa Rica and England all finish level on points for second place. Then, goal differential would come into play.

As long as the Three Lions beat Los Ticos and beat them handily, they have a chance of advancing to the round of 16.

Hodgson still has some problems to solve before that fixture, though. Luckily, the form of Rooney isn't one of them.