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The timeline of Wayne Rooney

2015-10-23 09:47
Wayne Rooney (Getty Images)

Manchester - Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney turns 30 on Saturday, here is a look at the life and times of the star forward.

Key dates of Wayne Rooney's career:

October 1985:

Born in Croxteth, Liverpool on October 24 to Jeanette and Wayne Rooney Snr


Joins Everton at the age of nine after breaking goal-scoring records with local team Copplehouse Boys

August 2002:

Makes his Premier League debut as a substitute against Tottenham Hotspur at the age of 16 and nine months, becoming Everton's second-youngest player after Joe Royle

October 2002:

Scores his first league goal, a 30-yard curler at Goodison Park that ends champions Arsenal's 30-game unbeaten run

February 2003:

Becomes England's youngest ever player after making his debut aged 17 years and 111 days in a friendly against Australia at Upton Park (subsequently beaten by Theo Walcott)

September 2003:

Scores his first England goal against Macedonia, making him his country's youngest ever scorer

July 2004:

Named in UEFA's Team of the Tournament after scoring four goals at Euro 2004 in Portugal, where England reach the quarter-finals

August 2004:

Joins Manchester United from Everton in a deal reportedly worth up to 27 million ($41.7 million, 37.1 million euros), making him the world's most expensive teenager

September 2004:

Scores a hat-trick on his United debut in a 6-2 win over Fenerbahce at Old Trafford in the Champions League

May 2005:

Voted the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Young Player of the Year, an award he retains the following season

February 2006:

Scores twice as United beat Wigan Athletic 4-0 in the League Cup final in Cardiff, giving him his first major trophy

July 2006:

Sent off for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho as England are knocked out of the World Cup by Portugal in the quarter-finals

May 2007:

Wins the first of five Premier League titles with United

May 2008:

Wins the Champions League after United beat Chelsea on penalties in the final in Moscow

June 2008:

Marries childhood sweetheart Coleen McLoughlin

November 2009:

Birth of his first son, Kai

April 2010:

Voted the PFA Players' Player of the Year and the Football Writers' Association (FWA) Player of the Year after a season in which he scores 34 goals in all competitions

June 2010:

At the World Cup in South Africa, Rooney criticises England's fans for booing during a 0-0 draw with Algeria and then sees his side thrashed 4-1 by Germany in the last 16

October 2010:

After expressing a desire to leave United, citing concerns about the strength of the club's squad, he performs a U-turn and signs a new five-year contract

February 2011:

Scores a stunning overhead kick against Manchester City at Old Trafford that is later voted the best goal of the Premier League's first 20 seasons

May 2011:

Scores in his third Champions League final appearance, but United are beaten 3-1 by Barcelona at Wembley

June 2012:

England lose on penalties to Italy in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals after Rooney misses their first two group games through suspension

May 2013:

Left out of Alex Ferguson's final two games as manager. Ferguson says Rooney has submitted a transfer request, which the player later denies

May 2013:

Birth of his second son, Klay

February 2014:

Signs new five-year contract with United

June 2014:

Scores his first World Cup finals goal against Uruguay, but England are eliminated in the group phase in Brazil

August 2014:

In the space of two weeks, Rooney is appointed captain of both United and England

November 2014:

Becomes the youngest England player to reach 100 caps

September 2015:

Breaks Bobby Charlton's England goal-scoring record by scoring his 50th goal with a penalty in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland at Wembley


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