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Wayne Rooney’s goal for Everton v Arsenal in 2002: ‘He was a flippin’ Roy of the Rovers’

It is 15 years to the day since Wayne Rooney introduced himself to the wider world and, in a new book, we hear from the people who saw him come through

David Moyes’s early period at Everton was helped by the emergence of the club’s most outstanding youth player in living memory. On the opening day of the 2002-03 season the 16-year-old Wayne Rooney joined Tomasz Radzinski and Kevin Campbell in a three-pronged attack. He was soon to write his name in football immortality.

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