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The New Duncan Edwards?

Wayne Rooney could become the greatest player in the world if he shows his worth in Germany in the summer.


1985: Born October 24, Liverpool.

2001: Progresses through the Everton academy ranks and scores eight goals during the club's run to the final of the FA Youth Cup.

2002: August 17 - Makes Premiership debut in Everton's season-opening 2-2 draw at Southampton.

September 14 - Booked for first time in Everton's 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough.

October 1 - Scores first goals at senior level with two in 3-0 Worthington Cup win at Wrexham.

October 19 - Nets first Premiership goal with stunning late winner as Everton overcome champions Arsenal at Goodison Park.

November 3 - Scores the goal which beats Leeds at Elland Road.

December 14 - Scores one goal and sets up the other as Blackburn are beaten 2-1 at Goodison Park and Everton end a three-match losing streak.

December 26 - Receives first red card of his Premiership career at Birmingham.

2003: January 1 - Receives fifth yellow card in New Year's Day clash with Manchester City, adding a one-match suspension to the three-match suspension he would serve for being sent off against Birmingham.

January 14 - Football Association confirm Rooney will not be called into the England Under-20 squad for a tournament in the United Arab Emirates, much to the relief of Everton.

January 17 - Signs new deal to stay at Everton until the end of 2005-06 season.

February 8 - Named in 27-man England squad ahead of February 12 friendly international against Australia at Upton Park.

February 12 - Rooney becomes youngest player to win a full England cap when he appears as a second-half substitute against Australia.

March 23 - Scores in 2-1 defeat to Arsenal at Highbury. Called into the England squad for Euro 2004 qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Turkey.

March 29 - Comes on as a substitute for the final 10 minutes of England's 2-0 win in Liechtenstein.

April 2 - Named in starting line-up for crucial Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey at the Stadium of Light and shines as England win 2-0.

April 10 - News emerges Rooney's family home in Croxteth was targeted by vandals who fired paint-filled pellets, which hit the wall and the family car on the driveway.

April 22 - Police advise Rooney on his future behaviour, but do not charge him over an alleged spitting incident which took place during the Merseyside derby defeat against Liverpool, in which nine-man Everton lost 2-1 at Goodison.

April 27 - Misses out on the PFA Young Player of the Year award to Newcastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas.

May 11 - Moyes claims Rooney has picked up a medial knee ligament injury in Everton's 2-1 defeat by champions Manchester United at Goodison Park on the final day of the Barclaycard Premiership season and will not be fit for England's friendly in South Africa.

May 12 - Named in England squad for friendly against South Africa in Durban on May 22 but withdraws.

September 6 - At 17 years and 317 days, becomes England's youngest-ever goalscorer with equaliser in England's match in Macedonia.

October 11 - Doubts raised about his temperament ahead of England's vital Euro 2004 clash against Turkey but keeps his cool on the pitch as Sven-Goran Eriksson's side secure 0-0 draw to qualify for Portugal.

2004: May 17 - Named in England squad for Euro 2004.

June 5 - Scores twice before half-time in England's 6-1 rout of Iceland.

June 17 - Puts in one of the performances of Euro 2004, scoring twice as England beat Switzerland.

June 21 - Nets two goals in 4-2 defeat of Croatia as England qualify for the quarter-finals of Euro 2004.

June 24 - Substituted after 27 minutes of quarter-final against Portugal with what turns out to be a cracked metatarsal.

July 5 - Named in UEFA's All Star squad of Euro 2004.

July 6 - Offered five-year deal by Everton.

August 23 - 20million bid from Newcastle is rejected by Everton.

August 25 - Everton reject 20million bid from Manchester United.

August 26 - Everton reject improved bids from Newcastle and Manchester United.

August 27 - Hands in transfer request to Everton.

August 31 - Arrives at United training ground for medical and the club confirm they have completed his signing just over four hours short of the deadline. Fee thought to be 27million.

September 24 - Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson confirms Rooney is 'available to play' immediately.

September 28 - Scores a stunning hat-trick - his first senior treble - in a 6-2 victory over Fenerbahce in the Champions League, on his United debut.

October 24 - Wins penalty and scores second goal in 2-0 defeat of Arsenal.

November 14 - Nets twice in 3-1 win at Newcastle.

November 17 - Substituted in first half of England's friendly international against Spain in Madrid, having already received a yellow card and committed two other reckless challenges. As he leaves the pitch, hurls black armband - worn on the day of the funeral of former Liverpool and England captain Emlyn Hughes - to the floor.

2005: April 24 - On the day he scores a stunning winner against Newcastle, named PFA Young Player of the Year.

May 12 - Eriksson insists Rooney was a good role model for children after FIFA president Sepp Blatter said the teenager deserved a 'clip around the ear'.

May 21 - Manchester United, with Rooney in the team, lose the FA Cup final to Arsenal on a penalty shoot-out, meaning his first season at the club ends without a trophy.

September 7 - Booked for reckless challenge on Keith Gillespie as England lose 1-0 to Northern Ireland in a World Cup qualifier. Also swore at skipper David Beckham who tried to calm him down. Eriksson described the booking as 'stupid' and admitted he almost withdrew Rooney at half-time.

September 14 - Sent off playing for Manchester United against Villarreal in the Champions League. Harshly booked for a foul on Quique Alvarez but then sarcastically applauded the decision right under the referee's nose and was shown a second yellow.

September 20 - Banned for two matches by UEFA.

2006: February 26 - Scores twice as Manchester United beat Wigan 4-0 in Carling Cup final, at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

March 12 - Scores both goals in 2-0 Barclays Premiership win over Newcastle and set up at least half adozen clear chances for his team-mates.

April 8 - England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson vows to talk to Rooney over allegations he has racked up 700,000 of gambling debts - claims dismissed the next day by Ferguson and then the player's representatives.

April 17 - Takes Premiership tally to 16 with both goals in 2-1 win at Tottenham.

April 23 - Named PFA young player of the year.

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Date:Monday April 24 2006

Time: 3:11PM


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