Rooney playing for England at UEFA Euro 2012
|Full name||Wayne Mark Rooney1|
|Date of birth||24 October 1985|
|Place of birth||Croxteth, Liverpool, England|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)2|
|Current club||Manchester United|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:41, 8 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Aged nine, Rooney joined the youth team of Everton, for whom he made his professional debut in 2002 at the age of 16. He spent two seasons at the Merseyside club, before moving to Manchester United for £25.6 million in the 2004 summer transfer window. The same year, Rooney acquired the nickname "Wazza".4 Since then, with Rooney in the team, United have won the Premier League five times, the UEFA Champions League once, the FIFA Club World Cup once and the League Cup twice. He also holds two Champions League runner-up medals and has twice finished second in the Premier League. In September 2013, Rooney scored his 200th goal for United, making him the club's fourth-highest goalscorer of all time.5
Rooney made his senior international debut in 2003, becoming the youngest player to represent England (a record since broken by Theo Walcott). He is England's youngest ever goalscorer.6 He played at UEFA Euro 2004 and scored four goals, briefly becoming the youngest goalscorer in the history of the European Championship. Rooney featured at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups and is widely regarded as his country's best player.7891011 He has won the England Player of the Year award twice, in 2008 and 2009. As of November 2013, he has won 88 international caps and scored 38 goals, making him England's fifth highest goalscorer in history.12 Along with David Beckham, Rooney is the most red carded player for England, having been sent off twice.13
In 2009–10, Rooney was awarded the PFA Players' Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year. He has won the Premier League Player of the Month award five times, a record he shares with Steven Gerrard. He came fifth in the vote for the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or and was named in the FIFPro World 11 for 2011. Rooney has won the 'Goal of the Season' award by the BBC's Match of the Day poll on three occasions, with his bicycle kick against rivals Manchester City winning the 'Premier League Goal of the 20 Seasons' award.14 A March 2011 report listed Rooney as the third highest-paid footballer in the world after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, with an annual income of €20.7 million (£18 million) including sponsorship deals.15
- 1 Early life
- 2 Club career
- 3 International career
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Honours
- 6 Personal life
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Rooney was born in Croxteth, Liverpool to Jeanette Marie (née Morrey) and Thomas Wayne Rooney.16 He is of Irish descent1718 and was brought up as a Roman Catholic1920 with younger brothers Graham and John;21 all three attended Our Lady and St Swithin's primary school22 and the De La Salle Humanities College.23 He grew up supporting Everton.24
Rooney began playing for Liverpool Schoolboys and until May 2010 he held the record of 72 goals scored in one season.25 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.26 Rooney joined Everton at age nine,27 and was the Everton mascot for the Merseyside derby against Liverpool as an 11-year-old.28 In the 1995–96 season, he scored 114 goals in 29 games for Everton's under-10s and 11s,29 and by 15 years old he was playing for the under-19s.30 He scored eight goals in eight games during Everton's run to the FA Youth Cup final in 2002.31 This included one goal in the final defeat against Aston Villa and upon scoring he revealed a T-shirt that read, "Once a Blue, always a Blue."27 Rooney was included in the first team squad for their training camp in Austria in the summer of 2002 and scored his first senior goal in a 3–1 friendly victory over SC Weiz on 15 July.30
First team breakthrough
Rooney was an unused substitute in Everton's 1–0 away win over Southampton in April 2002.33 His senior debut came the following season on 17 August in a 2–2 home draw against Tottenham Hotspur,34 at this time he became the second youngest first-team player in Everton history behind Joe Royle.35 In that match he was booed by the Spurs fans who shouted "Who are ya" whenever he touched the ball.36 His first senior goals came on 2 October as he scored twice in a 3–0 away win over Wrexham in the League Cup.37 These goals meant that Rooney was Everton's youngest-ever goalscorer at the time.38 On 19 October, five days before his 17th birthday, Rooney scored a last-minute winning goal against Arsenal.39 This goal ended Arsenal's 30-match unbeaten run,40 and also made Rooney the youngest goalscorer in Premier League history, a record that has since been surpassed twice, by James Milner and James Vaughan.41 He scored the only goal in a 1–0 away win over Leeds United fifteen days later.42
In December, Rooney was named 2002's BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.43 Six days on from claiming this award he scored the winning goal against Blackburn Rovers in a 2–1 home win.44 His first career red-card came on Boxing Day in a 1–1 away draw against Birmingham City for a late challenge on Steve Vickers.45 In January 2003, Rooney signed his first professional contract which made him one of world football's highest-paid teenagers.46 Rooney's first goal in 2003 came on 23 March, netting Everton's only goal in a 2–1 loss at Arsenal.47 In April, he scored a goal in Everton's 2–1 home win over Newcastle United,48 before hitting a last-minute winner against Aston Villa in another 2–1 home win.49 He ended his debut season with 8 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions for the Toffees.50
Rooney scored his first goal of the 2003–04 season in a 2–2 away draw against Charlton Athletic on 26 August 2003.51 He did not find the net again until December when he scored in a 2–1 away win over Portsmouth,52 and a 3–2 home win over Leicester City.53 His final goal of 2003 came on his 50th league appearance, netting the only goal in a 1–0 home win over Birmingham City on 28 December.54 On 21 February 2004, Rooney scored two goals in a Premier League game for the first time in a 3–3 away draw against Southampton.55 He scored the only goal in a 1–0 win over Portsmouth on 13 March,56 before scoring in a 1–1 away draw against Leicester City one week later.57 He scored his final goal of the season in a 1–1 away draw against Leeds United on 13 April.58
Rooney's agent snubbed a three-year, £12,000-a-week contract offer from Everton in August 2004, leaving Manchester United and Newcastle United to compete for his signature. Everton rejected a bid of £20 million from Newcastle,59 and Manchester United ultimately won the bidding war with Rooney signing for them at the end of the month after a £25.6 million deal with Everton was reached.60 It was the highest fee ever paid for a player under 20 years old; Rooney was still only 18 when he left Everton.61 Sir Alex Ferguson, then manager of United, says that "There were plenty of eyebrows raised" when he persuaded the club's board of directors to sanction "a multi-million pound" move to try to sign Rooney from Everton.62
Rooney was given the number 8 shirt upon his arrival at Old Trafford.63 He made his United debut on 28 September in a 6–2 home win over Fenerbahçe in the Champions League, scoring a hat-trick and laying on an assist.64 These goals made Rooney the youngest player to score a hat-trick in the Champions League aged 18 years 335 days.65 However, his first season with Manchester United ended without winning a trophy as they could only manage a third place finish in the league,66 and failed to progress to the last eight of the Champions League.67 United had more success in the cup competitions, but were edged out of the League Cup in the semi finals by a Chelsea side68 who also won the Premier League title that season,69 and a goalless draw with Arsenal in the FA Cup final was followed by a penalty shoot-out defeat.70 However, Rooney was United's top league scorer that season with 11 goals, and was credited with the PFA Young Player of the Year award.71
In September 2005, Rooney was sent off in a Champions League clash with Villarreal of Spain (which ended in a goalless draw) for sarcastically clapping the referee who had booked him for an unintentional foul on an opponent.72 His first trophy with United came in the 2006 League Cup,73 and he was also named man of the match after scoring twice in United's 4–0 win over Wigan Athletic in the final.74 In the Premier League, however, an erratic start to the season left title glory looking unlikely for United and their title hopes were ended in late April when they lost 3–0 away to champions Chelsea and had to settle for second place.75 Rooney sustained a broken metatarsal in that game after a tackle made by Paulo Ferreira. Rooney's goalscoring further improved in the 2005–06 season, as he managed 16 goals in 36 Premier League games.76
Rooney was sent off in an Amsterdam Tournament match against Porto on 4 August 2006 after hitting Porto defender Pepe with an elbow.77 He was punished with a three-match ban by the FA, following their receipt of a 23-page report from referee Ruud Bossen that explained his decision.78 Rooney wrote a letter of protest to the FA, citing the lack of punishment handed down to other players who were sent off in friendlies. He also threatened to withdraw the FA's permission to use his image rights if they did not revoke the ban, but the FA had no power to make such a decision.79
During the first half of the 2006–07 season, Rooney ended a ten-game scoreless streak with a hat-trick against Bolton Wanderers,80 and he signed a two-year contract extension the next month that tied him to United until 2012. In April 2007, he scored two goals in an 8–3 aggregate quarter-final win over Roma81 and two more in the same month in a 3–2 semi-final first leg victory over Milan.82 By the end of that season, he had scored 14 league goals.83 Rooney collected his first Premier League title winner's medal at the end of the 2006–07 season.84
In June 2007, Rooney was handed number 10, last worn by Ruud van Nistelrooy.8586 Rooney reasoned that he always loved that number.87 He fractured his left metatarsal in United's opening-day goalless draw against Reading on 12 August,88 the same injury he had suffered to his right foot in 2004.89 After being sidelined for six weeks, he returned for United's 1–0 Champions League group stage win over Roma on 2 October, scoring the match's only goal.90 However, barely a month into his return, Rooney injured his ankle during a training session on 9 November, and missed an additional two weeks.91 His first match back was against Fulham on 3 December, in which he played 70 minutes.92 Rooney missed a total of ten games and finished the 2007–08 season with 18 goals (12 of them in the league),76 as United clinched both the Premier League93 and the Champions League, in which they defeated league rivals Chelsea94 in the competition's first-ever all-English final.95
Rooney played in 2008 UEFA Super Cup where United lost to Zenit Saint Petersburg and was unable to make an impact.96On 4 October 2008 in an away win over Blackburn Rovers, Rooney became the youngest player in league history to make 200 appearances.97 On 14 January after scoring the only goal of the game 54 seconds into the 1–0 win over Wigan Athletic, Rooney limped off with a hamstring injury in the eighth minute.98 Rooney was out for three weeks, missing one match apiece in the League Cup and FA Cup, along with four Premier League matches.99 On 25 April 2009, Rooney scored his final league goals of the season against Tottenham; United scored five goals in the second half to come from 2–0 down to win 5–2; Rooney grabbed two goals, set up two and provided the assist that led to the penalty for United's first goal.100 Rooney ended the season with 20 goals in all competitions. Once again, he managed 12 goals in the league.76
Rooney's start to the new campaign got off to great scoring ways, grabbing a goal in the 90th minute of the 2009 Community Shield, though United lost the game to Chelsea on penalties.101 He then scored the only goal of the opening game of the 2009–10 season against Birmingham City, taking his overall United tally to 99.102 He failed to score in the next game, a historic 1–0 defeat to the hands of newly promoted Burnley at Turf Moor. On 22 August, he became the 20th Manchester United player to have scored at least 100 goals for the club, when he found the net twice in a 5–0 away win at Wigan Athletic.103
On 29 August, United played Arsenal at Old Trafford. Rooney scored the equaliser from the penalty spot after Andrei Arshavin had put the Gunners ahead. The game finished 2–1 to Manchester United after Abou Diaby scored an own goal.104 Five days later Rooney commented on his penalty against Arsenal: "Everyone who watches me play knows I am an honest player, I play the game as honestly as I can. If the referee gives a penalty there is nothing you can do."105 On 28 November 2009, Rooney scored his first hat-trick for three years in a 4–1 away victory against Portsmouth, with two of them being penalties.106 On 27 December 2009, he was awarded Man of the Match against Hull City. He was involved in all the goals scored in the game, hitting the opener and then giving away the ball for Hull's equalising penalty. He then forced Andy Dawson into conceding an own goal and then set up Dimitar Berbatov for United's third goal which gave them a 3–1 victory.107 On 30 December 2009, three days on from their victory over Hull, he grabbed another goal in United's 5–0 thrashing of Wigan in their final game of the decade.108
On 23 January 2010, Rooney scored all four goals in Manchester United's 4–0 win over Hull City; three of the goals came in the last 10 minutes of the match. This was the first time in his career that he bagged four in one match.109 On 27 January 2010, he continued his scoring run by heading the winner in the second minute of stoppage time against derby rivals Manchester City. This gave United a 4–3 aggregate win, taking them into the final, it was his first League Cup goal since netting two in the 2006 final.110 On 31 January 2010, Rooney scored his 100th Premier League goal in a 3–1 win over Arsenal for the first time in the league at the Emirates, notably his first Premier League goal also came against Arsenal.111 On 16 February 2010, Rooney hit his first European goals of the season, scoring two headers in the 3–2 away win against Milan in Manchester United's first ever win against them at the San Siro.112 On 28 February 2010, he scored another header against Aston Villa (his fifth consecutive headed goal in a row) which resulted in Manchester United winning the League Cup final 2–1.113 In the second leg of United's European tie against Milan, Rooney scored a brace in a resounding 4–0 home victory, taking his tally of goals this season to 30.114 He then added two more to his tally five days later at Old Trafford, in a 3–0 league win over Fulham.115
On 30 March 2010, during United's Champions League quarter-final first leg defeat against Bayern Munich at Munich's Allianz Arena, Rooney crumpled when he twisted his ankle in the last minute, hobbling off while Bayern were producing the build up that led to their second goal.116 There were fears that he had received serious ligament damage or even a broken ankle, but it was announced that the injury was only slight ligament damage, and that he would be out for 2 to 3 weeks,117 missing United's crunch match with Chelsea and the return leg against Munich the following week.117 The team list for second leg yielded a massive surprise when Rooney was given a starting place in the United line-up.118 Despite a 3–0 lead by the 41st minute, Munich snatched a goal back and United were later forced down to 10 men after Rafael da Silva was sent-off. Munich won the match after netting a second away-goal118 and Rooney was substituted after re-damaging his ankle. On 25 April, Rooney was named the 2010 PFA Players' Player of the Year.119
On 28 August 2010, Rooney scored his first goal of the season as he netted a penalty in a 3–0 home win over West Ham United.120 In October, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson stated at a press conference that Rooney wanted to quit the club.121 This came after a period of dispute as to the extent of Rooney's ankle injury, where Rooney had refuted Ferguson's claim that the injury was the reason Rooney had been dropped to the bench.122 Rooney and his representatives released a statement regarding his decision to leave the club, insisting it is not down to money but ambition.123 Following this statement, Rooney made a dramatic U-turn and agreed a new five-year contract at Manchester United until June 2015.124
Rooney made his return to the first team as a substitute against Wigan on 20 November.125 Four days later he returned to the starting line-up and scored a penalty in a 1–0 away win over Rangers in the Champions League.126 He missed a penalty in a 1–0 home win over Arsenal on 13 December.127 His first goal of the season from open play came on 1 January 2011 in a 2–1 away win over West Bromwich Albion.128 On 1 February, Rooney scored twice and assisted Nemanja Vidić's goal in a 3–1 home win over Aston Villa.129 On 12 February, Rooney scored an overhead volley in the 78th minute of the Manchester derby, which proved to be the winning goal in their 2–1 win over Manchester City.130 After the match, Rooney said it was the best goal of his career,131 before Sir Alex Ferguson described the strike as the best goal he has ever witnessed at Old Trafford.132 Two weeks later he scored the third goal in a 4–0 away win over Wigan,133 before opening the scoring in a 2–1 away loss to Chelsea on 1 March.134 Rooney scored the second goal in a 2–0 home win over Arsenal in an FA Cup tie on 12 March.135
On 2 April, United came from two goals down as Rooney scored his first hat-trick of the season in a 4–2 away win over West Ham United.136 This was his fifth hat-trick for Manchester United, whilst the second goal was his 100th in the Premier League for the club.137 He is the third Manchester United player to score 100 Premier League goals, joining Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.138 During Rooney's celebrations following his third goal, he swore into a pitchside camera and was subsequently charged by the Football Association for using offensive language.139 Rooney accepted the charge, but not the automatic two-match ban which was handed to him.140 He appealed against the length of the suspension, calling it "excessive", but failed to overturn the two-match ban which ruled him out of the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City on 16 April.141 The following game on 6 April saw Rooney scored the only goal in a 1–0 away win against Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-final first leg.142 He followed this goal up with another strike in the semi-final first leg against German side Schalke on 26 April, scoring the second of a 2–0 away win.143 This was the first time Rooney had returned to the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen since his sending off during the 2006 FIFA World Cup against Portugal.144
On 14 May 2011, Rooney successfully converted a penalty for United to equalise and give them a 1–1 draw against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in the penultimate game of the Premier League season – enough to secure a record 19th top division title for United, and giving Rooney his fourth Premier League title winner's medal.145
Rooney started the season with a goal in the first league game at The Hawthorns against West Bromwich Albion. Rooney played a one-two with Ashley Young before a sharp turn and finish from outside the box which found the bottom corner of the goal. He also scored in the second game of the season, at home to Tottenham Hotspur, when he headed in a Ryan Giggs cross .146
In late August, Rooney scored his 150th goal for United, the first of a hat-trick, helping to demolish Arsenal 8–2.147 Rooney won man of the match, scoring two free kicks, a penalty, and also contributing an assist for Nani. On 10 September, Rooney scored another hat-trick in a 5–0 away win over Bolton Wanderers on 10 September, becoming only the fourth player in Premier League history to score a hat-trick in consecutive games.148 These goals brought him level with Sir Bobby Charlton on seven United hat-tricks, joint fourth on the all-time list behind Denis Law, Jack Rowley and Dennis Viollet.149
After revelations about his father in the media and the fallout from his red card against Montenegro on international duty, Rooney was left out of the starting line-up against Liverpool on 15 October 2011. He returned to action on 18 October 2011, where he scored two goals in the group stage-match against Oțelul Galați and surpassed his former teammate Paul Scholes as the most-scoring Englishman in UEFA Champions League.150
On 10 December, Rooney ended an 8 game goal drought with a brace against Wolves in a 4–1 win at Old Trafford.151 On 18 December, Rooney continued his goal scoring form heading home the opening goal against Queens Park Rangers, making it Manchester United's quickest goal of the season so far after just 52 seconds at Loftus Road. He was assisted by Antonio Valencia's cross.152 On 21 December, Rooney scored his 130th Premier League goal in his 300th Premier League appearance against Fulham at Craven Cottage with a long-range effort that crashed in off the inside of the post in a 5–0 win.153
On 8 January, Rooney scored two goals in the FA Cup third round 3–2 away win against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium. His first goal was assisted by Antonio Valencia.154 With his two goals, Rooney went past Mark Hughes in United's all-time top goalscorers table heading up to seventh place overall with 164 goals.154 On 14 January, Rooney made a big contribution to his team in a 3–0 home win against Bolton. Although he had missed a penalty and almost found the net on a few occasions, he did create two goals by assisting Paul Scholes for the first goal and later in the second half Danny Welbeck for the second goal.155 On 5 February, Rooney scored two goals from the penalty spot as United came back from a 3–0 deficit to draw 3–3 in a Premier League clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.156
On 11 February 2012, Rooney marked his 500th senior career game by scoring two goals as United beat rivals Liverpool 2–1 at Old Trafford. This was also his 350th game for United in all competitions.157 On 4 March, Rooney scored the first goal in a 3–1 away win against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane and went past Joe Spence in Manchester United's all-time top goalscorers table heading up to sixth place overall with 169 goals. He scored another brace in his next game, against Atletico Bilbao in the Europa League.158 On 11 March, Rooney scored the two goals that brought United the victory against West Bromwich Albion in a 2–0 home win. On 15 March, Rooney scored in the 2nd leg of the Europa League tie vs Athletic Bilbao in Bilbao despite United losing 2–1 on the night and 5–3 on aggregate.159
Rooney accidentally broke 9-year-old fan Jamie Thomas' wrist with a stray shot before Manchester United's 5–0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers on 18 March 2012. Rooney was not aware of the incident at the time, but has apologised to the schoolboy and promised to send him a personalised gift.160
Despite starting the opening game of the season against Everton,161 Rooney was dropped to the bench for the second game against Fulham in favour of new signing Robin van Persie.162 After coming on for Shinji Kagawa in the 68th minute, Rooney suffered a severe gash to his right leg caused by Fulham's Hugo Rodallega that kept him out for four weeks.163 He made his come back on 29 September in a 3–2 loss against Tottenham.164
Rooney scored his first goals of the season in a 4–2 league win at home to Stoke City on 20 October, where he reached his 200th club goal.165 On 7 November, he scored his first UEFA Champions League goal of the season, scoring a penalty in a 3–1 win against S.C. Braga.166 He scored twice and assisted a goal in a 4–3 win against Reading on 1 December.167 He scored a brace in the Manchester derby at the City of Manchester Stadium on 9 December 2012 which United won 3–2.168 On 16 January, he scored a goal against West Ham United in the FA Cup.169 A fortnight later, he scored twice in a 2–1 win against Southampton.170 He continued to score goals in FA Cup the consecutive matches against Fulham171 and Chelsea.172 On 12 May, Sir Alex Ferguson announced after United's 2–1 win against Swansea City that Rooney had handed in his transfer request, a match in which Rooney also requested not to play.173
On 5 July 2013, new United manager David Moyes announced that Rooney was not for sale, after speculation that Chelsea, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain were among the clubs looking to sign him.174175176 On 17 July 2013, Chelsea confirmed that they had made a bid for Rooney the previous day, thought to be in the region of £20m,177 however it had been rejected by Manchester United.6 He suffered a head gash in training on 31 August after a collision with Phil Jones which kept him out of the match against Liverpool.178 He scored his first goal of the season with a free-kick in a 2–0 win against Crystal Palace.179 On 17 September, he scored twice in a 4–2 win against Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions League, marking his 200th goal for United in the process.5 On 22 September, Rooney scored a wonderful free-kick at the eleventh hour to grab a consolation goal in the 4–1 thrashing against their neighbour, Manchester City in the Manchester derby.180 He scored a brace against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in a 2–2 draw on the first of December.181 He scored his 150th league goal for the club with a volley against Hull City on 26 December as United came back from 2–0 deficit to win the match 3–2; he also provided assists for the other two goals.182
On 21 February 2014, Rooney signed a contract extension with Manchester United, which will keep him at The Red Devils until 2019.183
Rooney became the youngest player to play for England when he earned his first cap in a friendly against Australia on 12 February 2003 at 17,184 the same age at which he also became the youngest player to score an England goal.185 Arsenal youngster Theo Walcott broke Rooney's appearance record by 36 days in May 2006.186 This came after Rooney ignored calls from Irish supporters to play for the Republic of Ireland, whom he is eligible to play for due to his grandmother being born in Ireland.187
His first tournament action was at Euro 2004, in which he became the youngest scorer in competition history on 17 June 2004, when he scored twice against Switzerland;188 however, this record was topped by Swiss midfielder Johan Vonlanthen four days later.189 Rooney suffered an injury in the quarter-final match against Portugal and England were eliminated on penalties.190 After scoring four goals in four matches, Rooney was named in UEFA's Team of the Tournament.
Following a foot injury in an April 2006 Premier League match, Rooney faced a race to fitness for the 2006 World Cup.191 England attempted to hasten his recovery with the use of an oxygen tent,192 which allowed Rooney to enter a group match against Trinidad and Tobago193 and start the next match against Sweden.194 However, he never got back into game shape and went scoreless as England bowed out in the quarter-finals, again on penalty kicks.195
Rooney was red-carded in the 62nd minute of the quarter-final for stamping on Portugal defender Ricardo Carvalho as both attempted to gain possession of the ball, an incident that occurred right in front of referee Horacio Elizondo.196 Rooney's Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo openly protested his actions, and was in turn shoved by Rooney.196 Elizondo sent Rooney off, after which Ronaldo was seen winking at the Portugal bench.196 Rooney denied intentionally targeting Carvalho in a statement on 3 July, adding, "I bear no ill feeling to Cristiano but I'm disappointed that he chose to get involved. I suppose I do, though, have to remember that on that particular occasion we were not teammates."197 Elizondo confirmed the next day that Rooney was dismissed solely for the infraction on Carvalho.198 Rooney was fined CHF5,000 for the incident.199
Rooney top scored for England in their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign with 9 goals; one behind the UEFA section's overall top goalscorer, Theofanis Gekas of Greece.200 On 14 November 2009, Rooney captained England for the first time in a pre-tournament friendly with Brazil.
During the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, after England drew with Algeria, the England players were booed off the pitch by supporters. Rooney made a comment as he left the pitch to television cameras saying, "Nice to see your home fans boo you, that's loyal supporters".201 He later apologised for the comment made during a lacklustre tournament for England who were eliminated in the second round.202
The Euro 2012 qualifications went well for England, as they qualified in first place of their group, winning five and drawing three games out of eight. Rooney scored three goals, one against Switzerland and two against Bulgaria. In the last qualifier against Montenegro (2–2), Rooney was sent off for a tackle on Miodrag Džudović in the 74th minute.203 At first, it was known that Rooney would miss at least one match in the opening round of the first phase at UEFA Euro 2012. After the game with Montenegro, Rooney sent a personal letter to UEFA in which he apologised and expressed regret for the tackle on Džudović which earned him the red card.204 Despite the letter, UEFA punished Rooney with a three-game ban, meaning that he could not play in any of the group stage matches. After UEFA's announcement, Džudović stated that he believed the sentence for Rooney was too severe and that he would defend him if needed. He later asked the UEFA to pardon Rooney. The FA then decided they would appeal to UEFA against the ban. On 8 December 2011, after The FA had appealed the ban, UEFA reduced the sentence to two matches.205 This meant that Rooney missed the matches against France and Sweden. He was able to play in the final match of the group stage against Ukraine on 19 June 2012, scoring the only goal of the game, allowing England to progress to the quarterfinals.206 England were eventually knocked out in the quarter-finals against Italy, who after a scoreless 120 minutes won 4–2 on penalties, although Rooney was able to net his spot-kick.
After another international tournament in which the Englsh media criticised Rooney's performances, Fabio Capello claimed Rooney "only plays well in Manchester".207 However, on 12 October 2012, Rooney became England's 5th highest goalscorer of all time after scoring his 30th and 31st international goals in a 2014 World Cup qualifier against San Marino. Rooney captained England for the first time in a competitive match in the same game. On 6 February 2013, Rooney scored in a 2–1 win against five-times world champions Brazil at Wembley in a friendly.208 In March, he scored goals against San Marino and Montenegro in World Cup qualifying,209210 before scoring against Brazil again in a 2–2 draw on 2 June, in the official re-opening of the refurbished Maracanã Stadium.211 On 11 October 2013, Rooney became England's all-time top goalscorer in competitive internationals when he scored his 27th competitive goal in a 4–1 World Cup qualifier against Montenegro.212213
|1||6 September 2003||Gradski Stadium, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia||6||Macedonia||1–1||1–2||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|
|2||10 September 2003||Old Trafford, Manchester, England||7||Liechtenstein||2–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|
|3||16 November 2003||Old Trafford, Manchester, England||9||Denmark||1–0||2–3||Friendly|
|4||5 June 2004||City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England||13||Iceland||2–0||6–1||Friendly|
|5||5 June 2004||City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England||13||Iceland||3–0||6–1||Friendly|
|6||17 June 2004||Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal||15||Switzerland||1–0||3–0||UEFA Euro 2004|
|7||17 June 2004||Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal||15||Switzerland||2–0||3–0||UEFA Euro 2004|
|8||21 June 2004||Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal||16||Croatia||1–2||2–4||UEFA Euro 2004|
|9||21 June 2004||Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal||16||Croatia||1–3||2–4||UEFA Euro 2004|
|10||17 August 2005||Parken Stadion, Copenhagen, Denmark||24||Denmark||3–1||4–1||Friendly|
|11||12 November 2005||Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland||28||Argentina||1–1||3–2||Friendly|
|12||15 November 2006||Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands||36||Netherlands||0–1||1–1||Friendly|
|13||13 October 2007||Wembley Stadium, London, England||39||Estonia||2–0||3–0||UEFA Euro 2008 qualification|
|14||17 October 2007||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia||40||Russia||0–1||2–1||UEFA Euro 2008 qualification|
|15||10 September 2008||Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb, Croatia||46||Croatia||0–3||1–4||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|16||12 October 2008||Wembley Stadium, London, England||47||Kazakhstan||3–1||5–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|17||12 October 2008||Wembley Stadium, London, England||47||Kazakhstan||4–1||5–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|18||15 October 2008||Dinamo Stadium, Minsk, Belarus||48||Belarus||1–2||1–3||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|19||15 October 2008||Dinamo Stadium, Minsk, Belarus||48||Belarus||1–3||1–3||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|20||28 March 2009||Wembley Stadium, London, England||49||Slovakia||2–0||4–0||Friendly|
|21||28 March 2009||Wembley Stadium, London, England||49||Slovakia||4–0||4–0||Friendly|
|22||6 June 2009||Almaty Central Stadium, Almaty, Kazakhstan||51||Kazakhstan||0–3||0–4||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|23||10 June 2009||Wembley Stadium, London, England||52||Andorra||1–0||6–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|24||10 June 2009||Wembley Stadium, London, England||52||Andorra||3–0||6–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|25||9 September 2009||Wembley Stadium, London, England||55||Croatia||5–1||5–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|26||7 September 2010||St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland||67||Switzerland||0–1||1–3||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|27||2 September 2011||Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria||71||Bulgaria||0–2||0–3||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|28||2 September 2011||Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria||71||Bulgaria||0–3||0–3||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|29||19 June 2012||Donbass Arena, Donetsk, Ukraine||75||Ukraine||0–1||0–1||UEFA Euro 2012|
|30||12 October 2012||Wembley Stadium, London, England||77||San Marino||1–0||5–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|31||12 October 2012||Wembley Stadium, London, England||77||San Marino||3–0||5–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|32||17 October 2012||National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland||78||Poland||1–0||1–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|33||6 February 2013||Wembley Stadium, London, England||79||Brazil||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|34||22 March 2013||Serravalle Stadium, San Marino||80||San Marino||6–0||8–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|35||26 March 2013||Podgorica City Stadium, Montenegro||81||Montenegro||1–0||1–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|36||2 June 2013||Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||83||Brazil||2–1||2–2||Friendly|
|37||11 October 2013||Wembley Stadium, London, England||85||Montenegro||1–0||4–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|38||15 October 2013||Wembley Stadium, London, England||86||Poland||1–0||2–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Othernb 1||Total|
|Manchester United||2004–05||Premier League||29||11||6||3||2||0||6||3||0||0||43||17|
Statistics accurate as of 8 March 2014217
|England national team|
Statistics accurate as of match played 5 March 2014218
- Manchester United
- Premier League (5): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
- Football League Cup (2): 2005–06, 2009–10
- FA Community Shield (3): 2007, 2010, 2011
- UEFA Champions League (1): 2007–08
- FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2008
- PFA Players' Player of the Year (1): 2009–10
- PFA Young Player of the Year (2): 2004–05, 2005–06
- PFA Fans' Player of the Year (2): 2005–06, 2009–10
- PFA Premier League Team of the Year (3): 2005–06, 2009–10, 2011–12
- FWA Footballer of the Year (1): 2009–10
- Goal of the Season (3): 2004–05, 2006–07, 2010–11
- Goal of the Month (6): October 2003, January 2005, April 2005, January 2007, March 2007, February 2011
- Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year (2): 2005–06, 2009–10
- BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year (1): 2002
- Bravo Award (1): 2003
- UEFA Euro 2004 Team of the Tournament
- FIFPro World Young Player of the Year (1): 2004–05
- Premier League Player of the Month (5): February 2005, December 2005, March 2006, October 2007, January 2010
- Barclays Player of the Year (1): 2009–10
- Premier League 20 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2011–12):
- Best Goal (vs. Manchester City, 12 February 2011)
- FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball (1): 2008
- England Player of the Year (2): 2008, 2009
- Golden Boot Landmark Award 20 (1): 2009–10
- FIFA/FIFPro World XI (1): 2011
Rooney gave up boxing to pursue a career in football when he originally joined Everton, but he still uses boxing as a way to curb his temper.221
It was announced in July 2011, that jerseys with Rooney's name and number were the best-selling sports product under the auspices of the Premier League. During the 2009–10 season, Manchester United sold between 1.2 million and 1.5 million shirts and it is estimated that of that, Rooney's name was printed on several hundred thousand. The account is taken from official jerseys sales across the globe, not just in England.224
Rooney met his wife, Coleen Rooney (née McLoughlin), while both were at secondary school.225 They married on 12 June 2008 after six years of dating, during which Rooney admitted to soliciting prostitution in Liverpool in 2004. "I was young and stupid. It was at a time when I was very young and immature and before I had settled down with Coleen."226 He has a tattoo of the words "Just Enough Education to Perform", the title of an album by his favourite band, the Stereophonics; Coleen arranged for the group to play at their wedding reception.227 The wedding ran into some controversy with the Catholic Church. The couple held a religious ceremony at the Abbey of Cervara, a converted monastery near Genoa, despite being warned by the local bishop's office against the plan. The bishop's office told the Rooneys that La Cervara is deconsecrated and not suitable for a wedding. It suggested a different church, five miles away. Nevertheless, the couple ignored the advice and Father Edward Quinn, their local priest from Croxteth, presided over a ceremony in which rings were exchanged.228
In April 2006, he was awarded £100,000 in libel damages from tabloids The Sun and News of the World, who had claimed that he had assaulted Coleen in a nightclub. Rooney donated the money to charity.229
The Rooneys reside in a £4.25 million mansion in the village of Prestbury, Cheshire,230 which was built by a company owned by Dawn Ward, the wife of former Sheffield United striker Ashley Ward.231 He also owns property in Port Charlotte, Florida.232 While Rooney was house hunting in Cheshire after signing with Manchester United, he spotted a pub sign that read "Admiral Rodney", which he misread as "Admiral Rooney." He nonetheless considered it a positive omen for his future home.233234
Rooney's wife Coleen gave birth to a son on 2 November 2009.235 The couple's second child, another boy, was born on 21 May 2013.
Rooney's younger brother, John Rooney, is also a professional footballer who plays for Chester. He has previously played with Macclesfield Town, Barnsley and Bury, and in January 2011 signed a contract to play in Major League Soccer in the United States.236 John was selected by the New York Red Bulls in the second round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.237
Rooney has endorsement deals with Nike (he is the face of their T90 Laser IV boots238), Nokia,239 Ford,240241 Asda,242 and Coca-Cola.243 He has appeared on six straight UK-version covers of Electronic Arts' FIFA series from FIFA 06 (2005) to FIFA 12 (2011).244245246 In October 2010, Rooney was dropped by Coca-Cola from one of its advertising campaigns in the wake of allegations about his private life.247
On 9 March 2006, Rooney signed the largest sports book deal in publishing history with HarperCollins,248 who granted him a £5 million advance plus royalties for a minimum of five books to be published over a twelve-year period. The first, My Story So Far, an autobiography ghostwritten by Hunter Davies, was published after the 2006 World Cup.249 The second publication, The Official Wayne Rooney Annual, was aimed at the teenage market and edited by football journalist Chris Hunt.250 Rooney's third book, My Decade in the Premier League, was published in September 2012.251
In July 2006, Rooney's lawyers went to the United Nations' World Intellectual Property Organisation to gain ownership of the Internet domain names waynerooney.com and waynerooney.co.uk, both of which Welsh actor Huw Marshall registered in 2002.252 Three months later, the WIPO awarded Rooney the rights to waynerooney.com.253
Paul Stretford controversy
In July 2002, while Rooney was with Everton, agent Paul Stretford encouraged Rooney and his parents to enter the player into an eight-year contract with Proactive Sports Management. However, Rooney was already with another representation firm at the time, while Stretford's transaction went unreported to the FA, and he was thus charged with improper conduct. Stretford alleged in his October 2004 trial that he had secretly recorded boxing promoter John Hyland (an associate of Rooney's first agent) and two other men threatening and attempting to blackmail him for an undisclosed percentage of Rooney's earnings.254
Stretford's case collapsed due to evidence that conflicted with his insistence that he had not signed Rooney, and on 9 July 2008, he was found guilty of "making of false and/or misleading witness statements to police, and giving false and/or misleading testimony."254 In addition, the contract to which Stretford had signed Rooney was two years longer than the limit allowed by the FA. Stretford was fined £300,000 and banned from working as a football agent for eighteen months, a verdict he promptly appealed.254
Stretford left Proactive in 2008 and took Rooney with him. Proactive later sued Rooney, claiming £4.3 million in withheld commissions. In July 2010, Proactive was awarded only £90,000 as restitution.255
On 1 September 2006, Everton manager David Moyes sued Rooney for libel after the tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail published excerpts from Rooney's 2006 autobiography that accused the manager of leaking Rooney's reasons for leaving the club to the press.256 The case was settled out of court for £500,000 on 3 June 2008, and Rooney apologised to Moyes for "false claims" he had made in the book regarding the matter.257
Allegations of infidelity
Prostitute Helen Wood claims Rooney paid £1,000 for a threesome with her and Jennifer Thompson in a Manchester hotel whilst Coleen was five months pregnant.258 It was reported his solicitors tried to fight the allegations when they first surfaced in early August 2010, but he was unable to prevent the publication of the fresh allegations as he had previously spoken of his shame at paying for sex.259260 Alex Ferguson has suggested Rooney's form for Manchester United had suffered as he struggled to cope with the intense media scrutiny surrounding his private life due to these allegations.261
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