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Wayne Rooney playing for Manchester United in February 2008
|Full name||Wayne Rooney|
|Date of birth||24 October 1985|
|Place of birth||Croxteth, Liverpool, England|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 91⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Rooney was born in Croxteth, Liverpool, to Jeanette Marie Rooney and Thomas Wayne Rooney. He is of Irish descent, and was brought up as a Roman Catholic with his 2 younger brothers Graham and John. All three attended Our Lady and St Swithin's primary school, and De La Salle School.
Wayne Rooney grew up in Liverpool, where there are two big football clubs; Liverpool and Everton. As a child, he supported Everton and began playing football for them at the age of just 15, when he became the youngest Premiership scorer, scoring a game-winning goal against Arsenal. Rooney was the youngest goalscorer at Euro 2004, an international tournament where he played for England. Soon, other clubs were very eager to buy him because of his great performances. Newcastle United and Manchester United both made offers to Everton for him. It was Manchester United who signed him eventually, for £23m in the summer of 2004. Rooney was only 18 at the time, and the £23m paid for him is the highest amount ever paid for a teenager in the world.
Rooney is the top goal scorer for Manchester United. When he arrived to the team, they gave him the number 8 shirt, but then changed his shirt to number 10. On 12 February 2011, Rooney scored a stunning bicycle kick in the 78th minute of the Manchester derby, which ended up to be the winning goal in their 2–1 win over Manchester City. After the game, he said it was the best goal he had ever scored in his career. Rooney was made captain of the team by manager Louis van Gaal before the 2014–15 Premier League season began.
Rooney's wife is Coleen.
Club career statistics
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||Football League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2004/05||Manchester United||Premier League||29||11||6||3||2||0||6||3||43||17|
International career statistics
|England national team|
- Strack-Zimmermann, Benjamin. "Wayne Rooney". http://www.national-football-teams.com/player/2145/Wayne_Rooney.html.