WAYNE'S WORLD

Rooney ap­proaches goal record

Late Tackle Football Magazine - - CONTENTS -

IN OC­TO­BER 2002: an ex­cited Clive Tyldes­ley tells a na­tion to “re­mem­ber the name” as a 16-year-old Wayne Rooney in­tro­duces him­self to the Premier League with a thun­der­ous last-minute win­ner against a high-fly­ing Arse­nal. Twelve years later, that sprightly teenager has grown into one of the great­est play­ers to ever grace the beau­ti­ful game.

In 2015, as the Manch­ester United star ap­proaches his 30th birth­day, he is set to ce­ment his place amongst the all-time greats for both club and coun­try.

Rooney has resided to­wards the top of English foot­ball for well over a decade now, ac­quir­ing a host of win­ners’ medals in ad­di­tion to dozens of in­di­vid­ual ac­co­lades.

An im­pres­sive CV boasts five Premier League ti­tles, two League Cups, a PFA Player of the Year award and even a Cham­pi­ons League vic­tory. The 29-year-old has ad­di­tion­ally been named in the Premier­ship Team of the Year on three oc­ca­sions and has scored the Goal of the Year three times, too.

How­ever, 2014 was a real mixed year for the Eng­land No.10. As far as team suc­cess was con­cerned, it could have scarcely gone worse as the na­tional side flopped spec­tac­u­larly in Brazil and Manch­ester United missed out on Euro­pean foot­ball for the first time since 1989/90.

On a per­sonal note, though, it was a much brighter year for Rooney as he fi­nally got rid of his World Cup duck by scor­ing against Uruguay and was later named cap­tain for both Eng­land and Manch­ester United.

The mer­cu­rial striker then be­came only the ninth player to reach the 100cap mile­stone in a Three Lions shirt, un­der­lin­ing his po­si­tion as the na­tion’s most nat­u­rally gifted player of a gen­er­a­tion.

An im­pres­sive brace against the Auld En­emy in Eng­land’s fi­nal game of 2014 also made it Rooney’s most pro­lific in a Three Lions shirt with a re­turn of eight goals in 13

Bobby Charl­ton

First goal for Ever­ton

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