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Friday, 4 November 2011

Wayne Rooney

Position: Striker
Nationality: English
Nickname: Rooney

Chant: We wouldnt want Michael Owen, cos we've got Wayne Rooney!

Supported As Youngster: Everton

World class centre forward who started his career at Everton and left much to the disappointment of many Everton fans.

Did You Know? Rooney used to cycle to training with Everton on his BMX bike!

Aged 10, Rooney joined the youth team of Everton, for whom he made his professional debut in 2002. He spent two seasons at the Merseyside club, before moving to Manchester United for £25.6 million in the 2004 summer transfer window.

Since then, United have won the Premier League three times, the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League and two League Cups with Rooney in the team. He has also been awarded the PFA Players' Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year in 2009–10.

Rooney made his senior international debut in 2003 and, at UEFA Euro 2004, he briefly became the competition's youngest goalscorer. He is frequently selected for the England squad and also featured at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. As of February 2010, he has won 69 international caps and scored 26 goals.

Early Life

Rooney was born in Croxteth, Liverpool to Thomas Wayne and Jeanette Marie Rooney (née Morrey).

He is of Irish descent and was brought up Catholic in Croxteth with younger brothers Graeme and John; all three attended De La Salle School. He grew up supporting his local club Everton;

His childhood hero was Duncan Ferguson. Rooney later said in a interview “I was always an Everton fan and Duncan Ferguson was a big hero of mine. I even wrote to him when he was in jail.

One day, I got a letter back from him. Then a few years later, I was ­playing alongside him. Duncan and Alan Stubbs were a big help to me."

He has also said “I loved Duncan Ferguson, just because of the passion he showed for playing football. I’m sure he was a handful to play against."

“I was lucky enough to play with him as well and he was probably the one I wanted to go and watch all the time. "

 Rooney began playing for Liverpool Schoolboys and at the age of 10 was signed on schoolboy terms by Everton.

After scoring in an FA Youth Cup match, he revealed a T-shirt under his jersey that read, "Once a Blue, always a Blue."

Since he was under 17 at the time and therefore ineligible for a professional contract, he was playing for £80 a week and living with his family on one of the country's most deprived council estates.

On 19 October 2002, five days before his 17th birthday, Rooney scored a match-winning goal against reigning league champions Arsenal; in addition to ending Arsenal's 30-match unbeaten run, it made Rooney the youngest goalscorer in Premier League history, a record that has since been surpassed twice; first by James Milner and then by James Vaughan. He was named BBC Sports' 2002 Young Personality of the Year.

At the end of the 2003–04 season, citing Everton's inability to challenge for European competition (they had finished seventh the previous season and only just missed out on a UEFA Cup place, but finished in 17th place in 2003–04, narrowly avoiding relegation), Rooney requested a transfer that Everton refused to oblige unless the transfer fee was in excess of £50 million.

Leaving For Man United!