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Wayne Rooney returned to Everton Football Club in July 2017, 13 years after he had swapped Goodison Park for Old Trafford. Having left for Manchester United as a teenager, he rejoined the Blues at the age of 31 as a five-time Premier League winner, signing a two-year contract at Goodison Park.
It was with the Toffees where he burst on to the scene, progressing from schoolboy to superstar in less than 12 months. The Croxteth-born forward weighed in with eight goals in as many games during the Blues’ FA Youth Cup run in 2002 – an achievement which earned a first-team chance at the start of the following season.
He made his Everton debut on the opening day of the 2002/03 campaign against Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park, and then became Everton’s youngest-ever goalscorer when he netted against Wrexham in the Worthington Cup.
Rooney’s first Premier League strike will never be forgotten – a dipping 25-yard shot, an injury-time winner, against Arsenal at Goodison on 19 October 2002, five days before his 17th birthday! He scored the only goal in a 1-0 away win over Leeds United a fortnight after his famous winner against the Gunners, and in January 2003 he was awarded his first professional contract with the Toffees.
Rooney was then made the youngest-ever England international in February 2003 when he came on as a substitute against Australia at Upton Park. In September of that year, aged 17 years and 317 days, he became the youngest player to score for the Three Lions, equalising in a 2–1 away victory over Macedonia in a Euro 2004 qualifier.
In August 2004, Manchester United paid £30 million – a world-record fee for a teenager – to acquire his services. Across his two full seasons with Everton, Rooney departed having scored 17 goals in all competitions from 77 appearances.
Contracted until: June 2019