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Name Wayne Rooney
Gender Male
Nationality UK
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
  Manchester United Captain
Desc We all knew he was going to be special from the moment he stunned David Seaman from distance as a 16-year-old, ending Arsenal’s 30-match unbeaten run. A move to Manchester United followed, where he won five Premier League titles, eclipsed Sir Bobby Charlton to become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, and formed one of the most fearsome strike forces ever seen alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez. A modern great

Affiliation

Org England National Team
Club as Player DC United
  Manchester United
  Everton

Relationship

Agent Paul Stretford
Coach Alex Fergusson
Teammate Ryan Giggs

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Wayne Rooney on Paul Scholes] The best I’ve played with – no question. His touch, passing, vision, composure is outstanding. I try to copy him

2014 09 13 Retrieve

[Wayne Rooney on Raheem Sterling] Before the World Cup I showed him videos of Marc Overmars, because he reminded me of him. He has the potential to be as good as Overmars. Raheem is a fantastic and quite unusual player. He can play right across the front line, out wide. Although he’s a small lad, he’s really strong. The potential he’s shown is incredible. He’ll be a massive player for us over the next ten to 15 years and, unfortunately, for Liverpool

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Wayne Rooney on Thierry Henry] From the ages of ten to 16, watching him the Premier League was amazing and he scored all different types of goals – free-kicks, volleys, left foot, right foot. He was entertaining. He’s probably the best centre-forward, I think, to play in the Premier League

2015 10 06 Retrieve

[On a BBC documentary, Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney was asked who was the best player he played with for England] I’d have to say Stevie [was the best]. For me he’s an incredible player, an incredible leader. He helped me a lot during my early days with England

2015 11 10 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] I loved playing with David Beckham – as a striker you know you can make a run and he’ll put in on your head or into space for you

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] I’m not the only person who had differences with Sir Alex Ferguson, but I can still sit here and say he was the greatest manager of all time

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[Quotes on Paul Gascoigne] If I’m sitting here now, [. . .] explaining about Paul Gascoigne, I’d say he’s the probably most exciting English player I’ve seen, and certainly the best

2016 02 19 Retrieve

[Quotes on Paul Gascoigne] The one thing I used to love about watching Paul play was how he got the ball and ran at defenders. Nowadays you might not get away with it, but he’d always protect himself with his arm. It’s a great art to be able to do that, and to not let the defenders near you

2016 02 20 Retrieve

[Quotes on Paul Gascoigne] He was always someone I looked up to for the way he played football, and how good he was. I still think, to this day, he’s the greatest England player

2016 04 02 Retrieve

[Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney revealed his son wants an England shirt … with Jamie Vardy on the back] My lad has asked me to get him an England kit with Vardy on the back!

2016 08 05 Retrieve

[Wayne Rooney shares the best players he has come up against] The best goalkeeper I’ve come up against is Iker Casillas, he’s won everything you can in the game and is one of the best goalkeepers of all-time. The best defender is probably John Terry, he reads the game well, he is physical and very tough to play against. For midfield I’d say Xavi, he’s got everything, brilliant passing, vision, creativity and leadership. The best striker has to be Lionel Messi, in my opinion he’s the best player ever and I’m honoured to have shared a pitch with him

2016 09 03 Retrieve

[England captain Wayne Rooney announces his plans to retire from international football after Russia 2018] Realistically I know myself, Russia will be my last opportunity to do anything with England, so I’m going to try to enjoy these two years and hopefully I can end my time playing for England on a high. I’ve had a fantastic international career so far, played a lot of games and I’ve enjoyed every minute, but as some point if it’s going to come to an end, whether it’s two or four years’ time, I’m not old, I’m 30 years of age and come Russia, I feel that will be the time for me to say goodbye to international football

2016 09 24 Retrieve

[Wayne Rooney responds to his critics] I listen to my coaches and my team-mates, the people around me, and I don’t really listen to what a lot of people out there are saying because a lot of it is rubbish. I have to focus, work hard, of course, and I’ve done that throughout my career. I’ve worked hard and tried to do my best for the team. That’s football, I think. We don’t win in three games and, of course, everyone is going to talk about it

2017 01 28 Retrieve

[Wayne Rooney reflects about what it’s like to score a goal in the Premier League] It’s an amazing feeling. It’s like you’re playing football underwater and you score the goal and it’s like you come up for air and you can hear the crowd, the atmosphere for that four or five seconds

2017 03 08 Retrieve

[Quotes on John Terry] I would have to say John Terry is the toughest defender I’ve played against. He reads the game really well, he’s physical and he’s tough to play against so you know you’re always in for a tough game when you play against him

2017 03 09 Retrieve

[Quotes on John Terry] He’s big, good in the air and he’s powerful. But he is a very intelligent footballer who reads the game so well. You come off feeling like you’ve been in a real game

2017 05 27 Retrieve

[Wayne Rooney revealed that he has received several offers from other clubs] There are lots of offers on the table, both in England and abroad, and that’s what I have to decide on. I’ve got some decisions to make now over the next few weeks, so I will talk with my family and then I’ll decide. I think I have to make a decision in terms of a football decision, and that’s what I’ll do, I’ll do that the next few weeks with my family while I’m away, and as soon as I know what’s going on, I’m sure you will

2017 07 15 Retrieve

[Wayne Rooney tells a secret of his, while he was playing for Manchester United] It feels great [to be back]. To be honest, I’ve kept it quiet for the last 13 years, but I’ve actually been wearing Everton pyjamas at home with my kids. I had to keep that a bit quiet!

2017 08 12 Retrieve

[Wayne Rooney believes his Manchester United goalscoring record will be hard to beat] You never know, if they get someone like Lionel Messi or Ronaldo the record might get broken! But I think that in football now, players don’t really tend to stay at clubs for that long. The only way I can see it being broken is if someone stays for the same period of time that I did. It is fantastic to have left that mark behind. It is a great legacy to have left. I left United with great memories. It was a successful time for the club and it was great for me. I loved it there. I loved working with the players but it was the right time for me to move on and I feel I have certainly made the right decision in coming here

2017 08 26 Retrieve

[Wayne Rooney announces his retirement from international football] It was great that Gareth Southgate called me this week to tell me he wanted me back in the England squad for the upcoming matches. I really appreciated that. However, having already thought long and hard, I told Gareth that I had now decided to retire for good from international football. It is a really tough decision and one I have discussed with my family, my manager at Everton and those closest to me. Playing for England has always been special to me. Every time I was selected as a player or captain was a real privilege and I thank everyone who helped me. But I believe now is the time to bow out. Hopefully the exciting players Gareth is bringing through can take that ambition further and I hope everyone will get behind the team. One day the dream will come true and I look forward to being there as a fan - or in any capacity

2017 12 17 Retrieve

[The ex-England captain is sure Guardiola’s men will be beaten before the end of the 2017/18 campaign] I don’t think they can go unbeaten. They have done incredibly well with the run they have been on, but the Premier League is so difficult, especially now with this Christmas period coming up. I know they have a huge squad, a great squad of players. But there are so many top teams.

I think in previous years it has been two teams and you went in knowing you would win most of the other games. But now there are five or six other teams that can all beat each other and I’m sure in one of those games Man City will get beaten

2018 02 15 Tweet

[Wayne Rooney shares news of the healthy arrival of his fourth child, Cass Mac Rooney] 5-a-side team complete! Welcome to the world Cass

2018 11 03 Retrieve

[Wayne Rooney speaks about life in the USA playing for DC United] As captain, I put the music on that I want rather than their music all the time and I don’t think it is bad. It is a bit of James Bay, Ed Sheeran, Mumford and Sons, it is quite chilled out really. I think I would be the perfect room-mate! It is something quite different that I have not done before but that’s part of it and it’s not a big deal for me

2018 11 17 Retrieve

[Wayne Rooney discussing why England’s Golden Generation failed to perform at a major tournament] We had some great established players: David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry… why didn’t it work? I’ve no idea. We tried to be successful. We maybe never had the squad, we had the startling 11 which was very good but going into the tournament we maybe never had that back-up. But I think we had a great team, we were unlucky on a couple of occasions, going out on penalties

2018 12 22 Retrieve

[Wayne Rooney felt the atmosphere around Manchester United had already changed in the short time since Jose Mourinho was replaced by Solskjaer] I thought I’d give him [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] a message of congratulations, my feelings of how it’s been from speaking to some players and what I felt needs to change. First of all it was just get the lads enjoying playing football. I think that’s what the lads wanted, that’s what they were after and he’s definitely the guy to make them do that

I stay in touch with a lot of people at the club, speak to them quite a lot - certainly this week - and I think, to be a successful football club, you need everything to be right

You need the staff at the training ground to be right, the groundsman whoever that is, they need to feel happy and that rubs off, that rubs off on the players and I think that relationship between some of the staff and some of the players obviously wasn’t great

But I think also bringing Ole in, bringing [Sir Alex Ferguson’s former assistant manager] Mike Phelan in, that already has changed. I think the staff down at the training ground are smiling, they’re happy and that rubs off on the players

2019 06 Retrieve

[Rooney has made it clear he wishes to go into management after he retires] I’m taking the steps to get my badges completed and when I finish playing I’ll see what opportunities come up. There’s already offers which have been made, but at the minute I’m still a player and I want to enjoy playing, and then I’ll see which offers are right when I do finish

2019 09 14 Retrieve

I watch [England] with excitement and happiness when they are winning. You look at our team ten years ago and arguably we had the best group of players in world football. Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard, Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard, David Beckham, myself, Michael Owen - our team then, if we had a Pep Guardiola with that group of players, we’d have won everything, no doubt about it

2019 12 13 Retrieve

[Now for Wayne Rooney and his new life as a player-coach back in England at Derby] It’s been good the last few weeks, training and getting to know the players, getting to know the staff and getting ready for the first game so I feel good physically. Obviously, a bit frustrating doing the training throughout the week and not being able to play of a weekend but it’s been nice being back home and getting prepared for January. If the game was tomorrow, I’d be able to play.

[On his first forays into coaching] The manager has been great with me in letting me get involved with that side. It is great to work with someone like Phillip Cocu

[And on wanting to become a manager one day] Yes, of course, I’ve been around this game for a long time. That’s what I want to do

2020 01 03 Retrieve

[Rooney relishes Derby debut as he is named club captain] It was a good win. Barnsley are in good form and were unbeaten in five. I watched the game earlier on in the season and it is a different Barnsley to what that team was. It’s seven points out of the last nine and for myself personally, I was delighted to get 90 minutes.

It was a great reception from the crowd, also. I’ve been to all the games over the last month and they have always given me a good reception, so it was nice to get out on the pitch today and help the team get the win.

It was nice [to be back out on the pitch]. I’ve been training for a long time now so it’s always nice to get back out on the pitch. I felt good and the most important thing for us was the three points.

Everyone that knows me knows that I want to play in all the games. I will recover well now – it’s a quick turnaround – and I will have a good recovery session and be ready for Sunday

2020 04 11 Retrieve

[Wayne Rooney writes about getting sent off during the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ quarter-finals] I went over to him [Cristiano Ronaldo] afterwards in the tunnel. I felt it was important to speak to him while it was still fresh and to do it face to face. He gave me a look as if to say sorry but by then I had my [Manchester] United head on. I said I’ve no issues with you. Enjoy your tournament and good luck. I’ll see you in a few weeks - and let’s go try and win the league. The next three years were our best as a partnership and brought three titles and the Champions League. My red card in Gelsenkirchen was the starting point

2020 04 13 Retrieve

[United legend Wayne Rooney on Rashford] He has got a bit of everything. He is quick, he is strong. The only thing he could probably work on is his heading

2020 04 19 Retrieve

[Rooney calls for major MLS restructure] I didn’t realise it before, but obviously when I got [to D.C.] I seen it. My first week, we had a player who, when he finished training, he got told he was getting transferred onto somewhere else. I was like, ‘Why? What’s going on here? Where is he going? What’s going on?’ So, it’s difficult. I spoke to Steve [Birnbaum, D.C. team-mate] a lot. I was like, ‘Can he do that? Is it that easy to do? Is it that easy to actually move someone on?’

There’s no thought behind it in terms of this player might have a family, children, a life here. They might have told, ‘You know what? Move on. I know it works that way in basketball and in the NFL, but those players get paid millions and millions of pounds. So, they can afford to actually do that, but MLS players can’t.

They probably get a small percentage of money which won’t even cover the bills, won’t even cover what they have to live on. It’s wrong for that to happen. I think MLS needs to really look at that because, from seeing it, a lot of them owners are taking advantage of the league [structure], which is affecting American players. The American players are just the same as the South Americans, the English, the Spanish. The American players work just as hard, if not harder, and get taken advantage of

[Few outside of the US will know much of the inner workings of MLS] There is so much potential there, there is so much of a market. I said it when I left D.C., MLS have to take on the rules that Europe and the rest of soccer are taking.

Although they might not want to, and I know the rest of U.S. sports don’t do that, but if they don’t, then they will never get there [level with European leagues].

They get players like me and Zlatan, but I can’t give them Wayne Rooney from 10 years ago, Zlatan can’t give himself from 10 years ago. We can give you ourselves from now, we can go there and earn a decent amount of money and give the fans some entertainment, but we can’t give you our full potential. If MLS want players to reach their full potential, then they have to take the salary cap off

2020 04 25 Retrieve

[Wayne Rooney on himself] This might surprise you, but I’m not a natural goalscorer. I was never a Gary Lineker or a Ruud van Nistelrooy

2020 05 17 Retrieve

[Rooney says Man Utd sacked Van Gaal too soon] I was devastated when Louis was sacked. For me, it was an absolute joy to work with him. We should have kept him for a third season. We would have been so much stronger. I felt things were improving and players started to understand his vision. In those two years I learned more than under any other manager. This is why I will be forever grateful to him. Not just for making me captain, but also for all the trust and belief he had in me.

We didn’t have the best team in the league anyway, but we could not afford to have 12 players injured. Our best XI was good enough to play in the top four, but once we got injuries we got in trouble ­because we did not have the same quality in the squad as in the years before.

At the time it was good for me because I had decided that I wanted to become a manager. And working with Louis in that way was priceless in my opinion, because I could learn so much from him. I could not have wished for a better example

2020 06 07 Retrieve

[Former Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney has revealed he once confronted one of his former managers on behalf of his team-mates to tell him his training sessions were “sh*t] When players aren’t happy, they often go to the captain and you end up being the one to present complaints. That can lead to difficult conversations. At one club I was asked to go and tell the manager his training sessions were not good enough. That’s not an easy one. ‘Excuse me, gaffer. The lads think your training’s shit’.

It can be a lot to take on. You represent the players in meetings over the squad’s charity work and commercial activities. You talk to the PFA. During Covid, what captains have needed more than anything is to be there for their players.

[Rooney succeeded Steven Gerrard as England captain after the 2014 World Cup] Captaining your country is a privilege but a challenge on a different scale to captaining a club. You’re not with your players every day, the off-field commitments are huge - and with England a significant duty is having to help negotiate the players’ commercial payments. It’s your responsibility to welcome new players and settle them into the squad. I always made sure I hung around the games room and coffee area a lot during the day, so I was there for players - especially new ones - to talk to. The media duties are more intense. You face the country’s leading journalists - and not all of them think you should be captain. Some press conferences are tough. In 2015, when France played at Wembley following the Paris attacks, before the pre-match conference I remember sitting in the office with Roy and (FA chief executive) Martin Glenn and disagreeing with the FA’s briefing

Some press conferences are tough. In 2015, when France played at Wembley following the Paris attacks, before the pre-match conference I remember sitting in the office with Roy and (FA chief executive) Martin Glenn and disagreeing with the FA’s briefing

I went into every captain’s press conference wanting to be honest and there are tricks. If you want to give a particular answer, you make sure you get asked the question. At Euro 2016, Raheem Sterling was going through a tough time, facing unfair criticism, so via the FA’s press officers I made sure a journalist asked me a question that allowed me to defend him

[On one such occasion in November 2016, Rooney was criticised in the press for allegedly being drunk and gatecrashing a wedding at a hotel the day after an England game. Rooney insists the headlines were not a true reflection of what really happened] I’ve had a lot of stuff in the press since I was 16, a lot of it crap. But half of it is my own fault and that’s where you need to grow up as a person. I’d been through that so when I became England captain the level of attention was no big change for me, but it might have been a bigger change for someone like Harry Kane. You need to be a strong character. The England armband means your behaviour is judged differently

After my last competitive international, v Scotland in 2016, there were headlines about me having a drink in The Grove Hotel yet the truth was it was a Saturday, we’d played on Friday and it was already decided I wouldn’t be involved - not even on the bench - in a match on Tuesday versus Spain.

I could have gone home. Gareth and I agreed, though, that as captain it would be good if I stayed around the camp and attended the game. As happened during my whole England career when there was a break, players were given the evening off and permission to let their hair down, even have a drink. Some players headed into London but I knew it would get more attention if I accompanied them, so I stayed in the hotel along with a few others, including staff, and had a drink

On reflection I could have made a different decision but what followed was way over the top. In the aftermath, the FA was too scared of the reaction to defend me and so the coverage went overboard. I had to be strong and deal with the situation. I’ve dealt with it my whole career