Rewind to 2002

Rooney hits the headlines

September 10, 2010
By Tom Adams
(Archive)
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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