Wayne Mark Rooney is an professional footballer and captain for Championship club Derby County. He has played much of his career as a forward, and he has also been used in various midfield roles. Widely considered to be one of the best players of his generation, Rooney is the record goalscorer for both the England national team and Manchester United.
Rooney was born on 24 October 1985 in Croxteth, Liverpool, He is of Irish descent and was brought up as a Roman Catholic with younger brothers Graham and John; all three attended Our Lady and St Swithin’s primary school and De La Salle School. He grew up supporting Everton. He admired Brazilian striker Ronaldo with Rooney stating “as an out-and-out forward he was probably the best.”
Rooney entered the world of football by playing for Liverpool Schoolboys and scored 72 goals in one season, a record which stood until May 2010. At age nine, Rooney played for Copplehouse boys’ club in the local Walton and Kirkdale junior league and scored 99 goals in his final season before being spotted by Everton scout Bob Pendleton which was his gateway to join Everton.
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 has since featured at the 2006, 2010, and 2014 World Cups and was widely regarded as his country’s best player.
Wayne Rooney Quotes
“We’re going to do it. We’re going to get to the World Cup.”
“I’m just a normal young lad who plays football.”
“I might have faults but I’m not a big head.”
“Football is made up of all kinds of conflict. In a dressing room, between players, between us and the manager, between us and loads of people who don’t seem to matter. It’s constant and harsh sometimes.”
“Perfect partners don’t exist. Perfect conditions exist for a limited time in which partnerships express themselves best.”
“I grew up an Everton fan, my whole family is Everton fans and I grew up hating Liverpool. And that hasn’t changed.”
“I’m proud I’m English and I’m passionate about my country.”
“The important thing is to be there, score when needed. It’s better if the goals are beautiful, better still if they are important.”
“I want to score in every game and win things. That’s the most important thing.”
“You’re trying to put yourself in that moment and trying to prepare yourself, to have a ‘memory’ before the game. I don’t know if you’d call it visualizing or dreaming, but I’ve always done it, my whole life.”
“I just hate losing and that gives you an extra determination to work harder.”
“Just to confirm to all my followers I have had a hair transplant. I was going bald at 25 why not.”
“You can learn more from the lows than the highs. The highs are great but the lows make you really look at things in a different way and want to improve. Every player will have both in their careers and I have, but what you get is that experience which is so important to perform at your best.”
“Those who said I’m not an out-and-out goal-scorer are probably right. I always feel I could score more.”
“For me, Scholesy’s the best footballer England has produced in my time. The way he controlled games, passed the ball, saw things that other players didn’t see; it was a pleasure to play with him and United was lucky to have him for so long.”
“Nice to see your home fans boo you. That’s what loyal support is.”
“When you are 16 there is no fear whatsoever. As you get older you play in more important games and that is when you start thinking about what will happen if you win or lose.”
“Everyone who watches me plays knows I am an honest player. play the game as honestly as I can. If the referee gives a penalty there is nothing you can do.”
“There are many ways to grow football-wise. You go slow or are pushed to go faster, otherwise, you get left behind. For me, there would be trouble in stopping learning.”
“I’ve trained all my life. I’ve always been one who enjoys training so it’s not something that I think I can just stop doing. It might not be as regular but I want to keep training.”
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