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Rooney joined the Everton
youth team at the age of 9,
and made his professional
debut for the club 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. He
won 16 trophies with the
club, including five Premier
League titles, the FA Cup and
the Champions League in
2008.[5][6] He scored 253
goals for United in all
competitions to make him
their top goalscorer of all time,
with 183 Premier League
goals being the most scored
by a player for any single club.
Rooney's 208 Premier League
goals make him the Premier
League's second top scorer of
all time behind only Alan
Shearer. He also has the third-
highest number of assists in
the Premier League, with
103.[7]
Rooney made his senior
international debut for
England in February 2003
aged 17, becoming the
youngest player to represent
England (a record since
broken by Theo Walcott) and
he is England's youngest ever
goalscorer.[8] He played at
UEFA Euro 2004 and scored
four goals, briefly becoming
the youngest goalscorer in the
history of the European
Championship. Rooney has
since featured at the 2006,
2010 and 2014 World Cups
and was widely regarded as
his country's best player.[9]
[10] He has won the England
Player of the Year award four
times, in 2008, 2009, 2014
and 2015. With 53 goals in
120 international caps,
Rooney is England's all-time
record goalscorer and second
most-capped player, behind
Peter Shilton. Along with David
Beckham, Rooney is the most
red-carded player for England,
having been sent off twice.
In 2009–10, Rooney was
awarded the PFA Players'
Player of the Year and the FWA
Footballer of the Year. He won
the Premier League Player of
the Month award five times, a
record only bettered by Steven
Gerrard and Harry Kane. His
displays at the start of the
decade saw him come fifth in
the vote for the 2011 FIFA
Ballon d'Or and he was named
in the FIFA World XI 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 city rivals
Manchester City winning the
Premier League Goal of the 20
Seasons award.[11]



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