Wayne Rooney - The Lions
Wayne Rooney is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Manchester United, and he also plays for the England national team. Rooney made an early appearance on the soccer scene, and always has played with a strength well beyond his current 24 years of age. Rooney became the youngest player to ever play for England when he earned his first cap against Australia in February 2003 at the age of seventeen, the same age in which he also became the youngest player at the time to ever score an English goal.
Rooney began playing for Liverpool Schoolboys, and at the age of 10 was signed by Everton F.C. Since he was a minor, under 17, he was ineligible for a professional contract. This fierce playmaker with tremendous talent was playing professional soccer for 80 English pounds a week!
When he was only 16, Rooney scored a game-winning goal against reigning league champions Arsenal. In addition to ending Arsenal's 30-match unbeaten run, it made Rooney the youngest goal scorer at the time in Premier League history.
On his Manchester United debut in 2004, Rooney scored a hat-trick and had an assist. Not a bad way to start with a new club!
Wayne Rooneyâ€™s soccer career shows us that number 10 players can be a strong presence on the field no matter what their age. On the soccer field, players respect you for your ability, not your age. Rooney continues to mature as he is learning to control his temper on the field at times, but when he can match composure with his lethal finishing skills, he will be even more of a force to be reckoned with!
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