The 29-year-old is due to make his 100th international appearance in a Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Slovenia on Saturday, when he will be presented with a commemorative cap by England great Bobby Charlton.
But on the eve of the game, the Manchester United star revealed that had it not been for Colin Harvey, a youth coach at his former club Everton, his football career might have
 been snuffed out before it had even begun.
"I think for me, Colin Harvey was a massive help because when I was about 14, I really stopped enjoying playing football," Rooney told journalists in a pre-match briefing.
"At that age you just want to go and play football. And then around about that age, you start getting told what
different things to do on the pitch, you're learning the tactics of the game.
 "I felt at that moment that I just wanted to go and enjoy it. I felt that it was too much and I remember going home and telling my dad that I didn't want to go anymore.
"My dad was upset with me over it. And then I went in to see Colin Harvey and he was great for me.
"He sat me down and made me fall back in love with it. From that moment on, that's when I said to myself, 'This is what I want to be doing.'
"At that time I was doing boxing as well as football, but that's when I stopped going to boxing and focused solely on football. Thankfully it was the right decision."
Asked what he would be doing now if he had not become a footballer, Rooney replied: "I've never thought of it. I suppose I just have to look at what my friends are doing.
"Some of them are doing landscaping. Some of them are  builders. I don't know."