Rewind to 2002

Rooney hits the headlines

September 10, 2010
By Tom Adams
On Saturday, Wayne Rooney returns to Merseyside to face his boyhood club Everton, with the maelstrom of a personal crisis overshadowing his contribution on the pitch. Sympathy is likely to be in short supply from a Toffees support that once idolised Rooney, who in 2002 burst into the national football consciousness with a goal of brilliant audacity against Arsenal. This is the story of the rise to prominence of one of England's finest talents, and most notorious tabloid darlings, of modern times.
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