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Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney

English footballer

Wayne Mark Rooney (born 24 October 1985) is an English professional football manager and former player. He is the manager of EFL Championship club Derby County, for whom he previously served as interim player-manager. He spent much of his playing career as a forward while also being used in various midfield roles. Widely considered one of the best players of his generation, Rooney is the record goalscorer for both the England national team and Manchester United.

Rooney joined the Everton youth team at the age of nine and made his professional debut for the club in 2002 at the age of 16. He spent two seasons at the Merseyside club, before moving to Manchester United for £25.6 million in the 2004 summer transfer window where he won 16 trophies and became the only English player, alongside teammate Michael Carrick, to win the Premier League, FA Cup, UEFA Champions League, League Cup, UEFA Europa League, and FIFA Club World Cup. He scored 253 goals for United in all competitions to make him their top goalscorer of all time, with 183 Premier League goals being the second most scored by a player for any single club, behind Sergio Agüero (184 goals for Manchester City). Rooney's 208 Premier League goals make him the Premier League's second-top scorer of all time. He also has the third-highest number of assists in the Premier League, with 103.

Rooney made his senior international debut for England in February 2003, aged 17, and is England's youngest ever goalscorer. He played at UEFA Euro 2004 and scored four goals, briefly becoming the youngest goalscorer in the history of the European Championship. Rooney later featured at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups, and was widely regarded as his country's best player. He has won the England Player of the Year award four times, in 2008, 2009, 2014, and 2015. With 53 goals in 120 international caps, Rooney is England's second-most-capped player (behind Peter Shilton) and all-time record goalscorer.

Rooney won the PFA Players' Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year awards for the 2009–10 season, and he has won the Premier League Player of the Month award five times throughout his career. He came fifth in the vote for the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or, and he was named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI for 2011. He won the Goal of the Season award by the BBC's Match of the Day poll on three occasions, and his February 2011 bicycle kick against city rivals Manchester City won the Premier League 20 Seasons Awards Best Goal award.


October 24, 1985
Wayne Rooney was born in Liverpool.


Further reading


Documentaries, videos and podcasts


ON THIS DAY | Rooney Debut Hat-trick Lights Up Old Trafford | Manchester United 6-2 Fenerbahce

September 28, 2021

UTD Podcast: Wayne Rooney - The truth about my time at United" | Manchester United

November 25, 2020

Wayne Rooney - The Man Behind The Goals | PART ONE

September 6, 2018

Wayne Rooney - The Man Behind The Goals | PART TWO

September 6, 2018

Wayne Rooney | Manchester United Greats

February 22, 2018


January 15, 2021
Rooney, who was taking temporary charge of Derby in November as both player and a manager, received a permanent contract with the second division club
Matthew Weaver
September 7, 2020
the Guardian
Rooney, Reid, Gorbachev? No, it's Abbot John of Wheathampstead. Photograph: Liverpool John Moores University and Facelab
May 3, 2020
The Englishman began a promising career at Old Trafford but has failed to live up to his potential in the years since
April 19, 2020
The England star has found the net more than 300 times in his storied career, but claims his best finish is one that is largely forgotten
February 27, 2020
Henry, Gerrard and Scholes are all legendary players worthy of a place
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