Category: England Football Players

Bryan Robson

Bryan Robson

 
Bryan Robson
 
Name: Bryan Robson
Date of Birth: 11th January 1957
Place of Birth: Chester-le-street, County Durham
England Debut: 6th February 1980
Against: Republic of Ireland
Final Game: 16th October 1991
Against: Turkey
League Club: West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United, Middlesbrough
 
Born in the little Roman town of Chester-le-street, County Durham, to Brian and Maureen, Robson grew up with an elder sister and two younger brothers, both of whom made football their careers.  He was educated at Birtley South Secondary Modern School, before moving to Lord Lawson of Beamish Comprehensive School.  He captained his school team, as well as the local county team, and had trials with some of the bigger clubs before signing on with West Bromwich Albion as a 15 year old.
 
He signed professionally with Albion in 1974, but remained in the reserve team for nearly all of the following season, only called up to play for the final three matches and scoring in two of them.
 

Robson played with Albion in what turned out to be a sporadic career, with irregular starts and several injuries hampering his progress.  At the end of the 1980 – 1981 season, Albion offered him a renewed contract of £1000 per week.  Robson declined and put in a transfer request.

 
On 1 October 1981 Robson moved to Old Trafford to play for Manchester United in what was then a British Record Transfer Fee of £1.5 million.  He played his debut match on 7 October 1981 in a 1 – 0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.  His first goal came on 7 November 1981 in a 5 – 1 win against Sunderland.
 
Robson became Captain of United and in 1984 he signed an extension to his contract worth around £1 million and tying him to his team for a further seven years.  He remained with them until May 1994 when he moved to Middlesbrough as a player – manager. His football playing career came to an end in 1996.
 

Robson’s International career started at England youth level, before he received his call-up to the senior side on 6 February 1980 in a match against Republic of Ireland, a game which England won 2 – 0.  His first senior International goal came with his 13th cap in a game against Norway on 9 September 1981.  He played consistently for England until 1991 when he played his final International match against Turkey.

 
When his football playing career finished, Robson went on to manage Middlesbrough, Bradford City, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United.  In March 2008 he returned to Manchester United as an ambassador, helping to promote the club’s charity work and commercial interests.  In September 2009, Robson returned to football management, taking the role as coach for the Thailand National Team and will remain with them until the World Cup in 2014.
 
Billy Wright

Billy Wright

 
Billy Wright
 
Name: William Ambrose Wright
Date of Birth: 6th February 1924
Place of Birth: Ironbridge, Shropshire
England Debut: 28th September 1946
Against: Northern Ireland
Final Game: 28th May 1959
Against: USA
League Club: Wolverhampton Wanderers
 
Born in February 1924 in Shropshire, England, Billy Wright grew up to be the first man to represent England on one hundred occasions. His early career began at the young age of 14, when he started out working as a groundsman for Wolverhampton Wanderers. He displayed a different kind of talent on the pitch, and at the same age found himself making his debut for the B team in a match against Walsall.  He was given an 8 month trial period and went on to debut for the first team when he was just 15 years old in a match against Notts County.  This match, however, took place just after the start of the Second World War and isn’t counted in official stats, so Wright’s first actual recorded debut didn’t occur until a 1945 – 1946 FA Cup fixture against Lovells Athletic.
 
Wright officially signed for the team as a 17 year old, but spent time serving in the Military during WWII as a fitness instructor.  He still managed to make appearances for Wolves during that time though.
 

At the end of the war Wright took over captaincy of Wolves and led the team to win three First Division titles.

 
His England call-up came on 19 January 1946 when England beat Belgium 2-0.  On 28 September of that year he made his first full debut in an impressive 7 – 2 win against Ireland.  He became the England Captain in 1948 and kept that role until he retired from professional football 90 matches later.
 
After his football career finished, Wright took on the role of Head of Sport for ATV and Central Television.  Not long after he officially retired in 1989 he joined the Board of Directors for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
 

Billy Wright died on 3 September 1994, aged 70, after losing his battle with stomach cancer.

 
Bobby Moore

Bobby Moore

Name: Robert Frederick Chelsea Moore
Date of Birth: 12th April 1941
Place of Birth: Barking, England
England Debut: 20th May 1962
Against: Peru
Final Game: 14th November 1973
Against: Italy
League Club: West Ham United, Fulham, San Antonio Thunder, Seattle Sounders

Bobby Moore was born in Barking, Essex and attended Westbury Primary School and Eastbury Secondary Modern. He played youth football for both schools.

His senior team career began in 1958 with West Ham United, and he debuted against Manchester City on 8 September that year, immediately becoming a regular first team player. He played for West Ham for 15 years, and in January 1974 played his last match for them against Hereford United.

He transferred to Second Division Fulham for £25,000 and played for them until his final game in May 1977.  Brief appearances followed with two North American soccer teams, San Antonio Thunder and Seattle Sounders.

Moore’s first England cap came in May 1962 in a friendly against Peru in Lima.  By May 1963 he had taken on the England captaincy for the first time in a match against Czechoslovakia, a game England won 4 – 2

Moore nearly missed out on playing in the 1966 World Cup after letting his contract with West Ham United lapse, but after intervention by the England team, he re-signed with his club and went on to captain the England side in the tournament of a lifetime.

After winning the World Cup with some dramatic play, Moore was picked for the England side again in the 1970 World Cup, but England were defeated by West Germany and they exited the competition after reaching the last eight.

Professionally retired in 1978, Bobby Moore tried his hand at management with Oxford City, Southend United and Hong Kong Team Eastern AA but none of the teams did particularly well.  His business ventures, including a sports shop next to the West Ham United ground, began to fail and he eventually became a sports columnist for the Sunday Sport and a commentator for London’s radio station Capital Gold.

On 14 February 1993, Moore announced to the World that he was suffering from Bowel Cancer.  He’d already undergone an operation two years earlier.  Only ten days later, Bobby Moore was dead.  Cancer Research UK has a Bobby Moore Fund dedicated to raising money for research into the disease.

Peter Shilton

Peter Shilton

 
Peter Shilton
 
Name: Peter Leslie Shilton
Date of Birth: 18th September 1949
Place of Birth: Leicester, England
England Debut: 25th November 1970
Against: East Germany
Final Game: 7th July 1990
Against: Italy
League Club: Leicester City, Stoke City, Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Derby County, Plymouth Argyle, Wimbledon, Bolton Wanderers, Coventry City, West Ham United, Leyton Orient
 
Shilton was born in Leicester and educated at King Richard III Boys School in the city.  He played as a schoolboy for Leicester City from 1963 until he signed a professional contract with the senior squad in 1966.  In May 1966 he played his debut match against Everton and was so impressive that the regular goalkeeper, Gordon Banks, was sold not long afterwards to Stoke City
 
He remained with Leicester City even after relegation from the First Division, but in 1974 he moved to Stoke City for £325,000.  He remained with them until 1977 when he asked for a transfer, and moved to Nottingham Forest after an offer of £250,000.  He had an impressive career with the club, missing just 18 goals in 39 appearances and earning himself the PFA Player of the Year Award
 
1982 saw a move to Southampton, followed by a spell with Derby County before accepting a position with Plymouth Argyle as player – manager.  Between the years 1995 – 1996 he signed with four clubs, Wimbledon, Bolton Wanderers, Coventry City and West Ham United, but rarely played a first team game for any of the clubs
 
In 1996 he signed for his final club, Leyton Orient and remained with them for just one year, reaching his 1000th game target on 22 December 1996 in which he played against Brighton and Hove Albion.  He only played five more matches after reaching this milestone, retiring at the age of 47
 
Peter Shilton’s England career began with his debut against East Germany in November 1970, a game which England won 3-1.  He found himself the number two choice for goalkeeper, behind Gordon Banks, at the age of 22, but when Banks was tragically involved in a car accident through which he lost the sight in one eye, Shilton became the regular number one, with Ray Clemence who had just been called up from Liverpool as his only real competition
 

In the 1986 FIFA World Cup, Shilton was given captaincy of the England team and they moved through the stages until they met Argentina in the quarter finals.  It was in this match that Shilton jumped to save a ball at the same time as Diego Maradona, who struck the ball with his fist and into the net.  Despite the infringement, Maradona’s goal was allowed and England went out of the competition.  Finally, in 1990, after defeat at the hands of Italy, Shilton announced he was standing down from International football, and ended his career with 125 caps.

 
Life after football saw Shilton struggle with failing businesses coupled with gambling problems.  More recently he has appeared in television commercials, including one for Mars Bar, the official supplier to the England Team.  He now spends most of his time working as an after dinner speaker.
 
Bobby Charlton

Bobby Charlton

 
Bobby Charlton  
Name: Robert Charlton
Date of Birth: 11th October 1937
Place of Birth: Ashington, Northumberland, England
England Debut: 19th April 1958
Against: Scotland
Final Game: 14th June 1970
Against: West Germany
League Club: Manchester United, Preston North End, Waterford United
 
Bobby Charlton grew up in a family for whom football was a major influence.  His mother had 4 brothers and a cousin who all played professionally, and Charlton’s older brother Jack became a player for Leeds United
 
Growing up, Charlton was educated at Bedlington Grammar School and played youth football for East Northumberland Schools. He was spotted by a scout on 9 February 1953 and recruited for Manchester United.  He began playing for England Schoolboys and when he was 15 years old he signed professionally for Manchester United.  In October 1956, Charlton debuted for the first team in a match against Charlton Athletic.
 
He played well for the team for the following two seasons. However, on 6 February 1958 Bobby Charlton’s world was turned upside down when he was one of the Manchester United players involved in the fatal Munich Air Crash which saw several players and team staff perish.  In a twist of fate, Charlton, and player Dennis Viollet, swapped seats with two other players, Tommy Taylor and David Pegg, minutes before the stricken take-off.  Charlton and Viollet survived the crash.  Taylor and Pegg did not.
 
He received his call-up to play for England on 19 April 1958 against Scotland and continued to make regular appearances for the national side.  In 1959 he scored an impressive hat-trick against the USA in an 8 – 1 win for England.  An equally impressive performance in 1961 against Mexico saw him score a hat-trick in England’s 8 – 0 win. In 1966 Bobby arguable reached the pinnacle of his career at England when he helped the team win the World Cup. 
 
Charlton’s last match for England was in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico in a defeat to West Germany. The final match of his footballing career took place in 1973 against Chelsea.
 

After retiring from professional football, Charlton took the opportunity to become a manager for teams such as Preston North End and Wigan Althletic.  He opened an eclectic group of businesses, from jewellery stores and travel agents, to soccer schools in the UK and abroad.  He was knighted in 1994 and inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002. 

He worked with committees involved in the promotion of the 2012 Olympic games and is a member of the board of directors at Manchester United.

 
Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard

 
Steven Gerrard  
Name: Steven George Gerrard
Date of Birth: 30th May 1980
Place of Birth: Whiston, England
England Debut: 31st May 2000
Against: Ukraine
   
   
League Club: Liverpool
 
Steven Gerrard was born in Whiston in Merseyside and started his footballing career with Whiston Juniors until he caught Liverpool’s attention and joined their youth team at the age of 9.  He never made it into schoolboy football, signing his first professional contract with Liverpool in November 1997 and has remained with them throughout his entire career, now playing as their Captain.
 
He played his debut match for the first-team on 29 November 1998 when he came on as a substitute against Blackburn Rovers.  His playing style leaned towards defence but his first goal came against Sheffield Wednesday during his first season, a game they won 4 – 1.
 
In the 2000 – 2001 season he clocked up an impressive 50 starts in all competitions and his contract was extended with a new four-year deal.
 
In 2004 and 2005 Gerrard turned down two bids from Chelsea, one for a reported £20 million, preferring to stay with Liverpool instead, and after the second bid was refused he reaffirmed his position with the Reds by signing another 4 year contract.
 
Gerrard continued to score goals for the club in national and international competitions, and in April 2008 he appeared for the 300th time for Liverpool in a game against the team he started out against, Blackburn Rovers, scoring the opening goal to mark the occasion.
 
Steven Gerrard is renowned for his dead ball ability and especially for his skill from the penalty spot. His first penalty goal came for Liverpool on 30th November 2003 against Birmingham City at Anfield, a game which Liverpool won 3-1. On 16th March 2014 Steven Gerrard almost made premier league history when he had already scored two penalties in the game against Manchester United. Liverpool were then awarded a third. No-one has ever scored a penalty hat-trick in the premiership and unfortunately Steven hit the woodwork.
 
At International level, Gerrard made his debut for England on 31 May 2000 against Ukraine. He made an appearance as a substitute at Euro 2000 and scored his first goal for England during the 2002 World Cup qualifiers in the famous 5 – 1 win over Germany.
 
He went on to appear regularly at international level and was handed the Captain’s armband briefly during 2008, eventually giving that honour up to John Terry. Steven won his 75th cap in the Slovenia friendly in September 2009 and captained his country again during the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa before helping England qualify for Euro 2012.
 
Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe  
Name: Jermain Colin Defoe
Date of Birth: 7th October 1982
Place of Birth: Beckton, London
England Debut: 31st March 2004
Against: Sweden
Position: Striker
   
League Club: Tottenham Hotspur
 
Jermain Defoe, born and brought up in London, was educated at St Bonaventure’s Catholic Comprehensive.  As a schoolboy he played for Senrab, before joining the FA National School of Excellence in 1997 under the guidance of Charlton Athletic.  At 16 years old he signed a professional contract with West Ham United and went on to play in their U19 team before moving up to the senior squad.
 
After a year on loan to Bournemouth which saw him score once in ten consecutive matches, Defoe returned to West Ham where he became their 2001-2002 top scorer even though he rarely started a game.  Defoe remained with the club until an offer from Tottenham Hotspur of around £6 million was accepted in January 2004.
 
His debut for Spurs came in February where he scored one of the goals which led them to a 4-3 win against  Portsmouth.  He continued to show great form, including a hat trick in their 5-1 win against Southampton that December.
 
Defoe remained with the club until January of 2008 when he transferred to Portsmouth in a £6 million deal.  His first season went well although his cup-tied status kept him out of the remaining FA Cup games for Portsmouth.
 
Exactly a year after joining his new club, Defoe announced he wanted to leave in the 2009 January transfer window and on 6 January 2009 he rejoined Tottenham in a deal worth over £15 million.  An impressive run followed, with a hat trick in the 5-1 win over Hull City just two matches into the 2009 – 2010 season, and an overhead kick 38 seconds into a Premier League match against champions Manchester United in September 2009.
 
His international appearances began as part of the U21 squad.  In March 2004 he was called up to represent England against Sweden and made his first start in September of that year when he scored one of the goals in the 2 – 1 win.
 
Defoe won Player of the Month Award in September 2009
 
At the time of writing this (May 2012), Jermain Defoe has appeared 120 times for Tottenham, scoring 53 goals. He has been capped by England on 46 occassions, scoring 15 goals.
 
James Milner

James Milner

 
James Milner  
Name: James Philip Milner
Date of Birth: 4th January 1986
Place of Birth: Wortley, Leeds
England Debut: 12th August 2009
Against: Holland
Position: Midfielder
   
League Club: Manchester City
 
Milner was born in Wortley, Leeds to Peter and Lesley Milner and attended Horsforth School.  He began his early football career at 10 years old when he joined the Leeds United Academy and he impressed them enough that they took him on as a trainee when he left school.
 
Milner debuted for Leeds United on 10 November 2002 when he came on as a last minute substitute in a game against West Ham United. At 16 years and 309 days old, that six minute appearance made him the second youngest person to ever play in the Premier League and on the 26th December 2002 he also broke another record by being the youngest player to ever score in the Premier League.  Everton’s James Vaughan has since claimed that title.
 
Milner spent a month on loan to Swindon Town where he gained status as a first team player and other clubs began to show interest in signing him.  In July 2004 he signed for Newcastle in a deal worth £3.6 million.
 
Milner continued to show flair and he started the 2005-2006 season with a goal in the Intertoto Cup, but he was chosen to go on loan to Aston Villa as part of their purchase deal for Solano and spent the remainder of the season at Villa Park.
 
Milner became a regular starter and helped Villa win 8-3 against Wycombe Wanderers in a League Cup game not long after starting.  Aston Villa were impressed enough with the midfielder’s form that they began talks with Newcastle in a bid to keep him in Birmingham.
 
However, Newcastle were keen to have him back, and Milner returned to his own club for the start of the 2006 season where he started every game.  Milner remained with Newcastle until the end of 2008 when, despite rumours he would be moving to Liverpool, he personally requested a return to Aston Villa.  He signed for them on 29 August 2008 in a £12 million deal.
 
On 19th May 2010, it was reported that Aston Villa had rejected an offer of £20 million for Milner from Manchester City. Martin O’Neill, who was Aston Villa’s manager at the time said that as Milner had expressed a desire to go to Manchester City he could be released, but only at Villa’s valuation. On 17th August 2010 it was reported that an agreement had been reached in a deal worth around £24 million, which included a player exchange for Stephen Ireland. Milner made his debut for Manchester City on 23rd August in a 3-0 win over Liverpool.
 
Milner’s International career began at youth level but he came on for his first England game with the senior team in 2009 for the final 23 minutes of a friendly against Holland.  His most recent match was against Egypt on 3 March 2010.
 
At the time of writing this (May 2012), James Milner has appeared 78 times for Manchester City, scoring 4 goals. He has been capped by England on 25 occassions. No goals.
 
Glen Johnson

Glen Johnson

 
Glen Johnson  
Name: Glen McLeod Cooper Johnson
Date of Birth: 23rd August 1985
Place of Birth: Greenwich, London
England Debut: 16th November 2003
Against: Denmark
Position: Defender
   
League Club: Liverpool
 
London-born Johnson began his early career as a 15 year old schoolboy for West Ham United, eventually signing his first professional contract with them to wear the Number 23 shirt although he remained in the Reserves for the beginning of the season.
 
His first championship game came during a loan deal with Millwall when he played against Norwich City on 19 October 2002.
 
His Premier League debut for West Ham finally came on 22 January 2003 in a defeat to Charlton Athletic when he came on as a substitute.  By the time that season ended, Johnson had made 15 appearances in the league for West Ham and was beginning to make an impression.
 
On 15 July 2003 Johnson signed with Chelsea for £6 million and debuted for them less than a month later in a win in the Champions League against Zilina.  His first goal for Chelsea came when they played the second leg at home a fortnight later.
 
Johnson made 41 appearances for Chelsea between 2003 – 2007, including an impressive save in the fifth round of the FA Cup when he stopped a free kick taken by Newcastle after their goalkeeper, Cudicini, was sent off and there were no substitutions remaining.
 
On 31 August 2007 Johnson signed for Portsmouth, where he stayed until 2009.  He started in the first match, which ended as a 3-1 loss to Arsenal, but became a regular starter after that.
 
An impressive goal, after taking the ball from the halfway line against Wigan Athletic, followed by an FA Cup win in 2008, attracted attention and at the close of season 2009 several bids were placed for him.  Portsmouth accepted two bids, from Liverpool and Chelsea, leaving Johnson to make his choice.
 
On 26 June 2009, Johnson signed a four year contract with Liverpool.
 
Johnson debuted for England in 2003 in a friendly against Denmark, but didn’t appear again until a 2008 victory against Andorra.
 
At the time of writing this (May 2012), Glen Johnson has appeared for Liverpool a total of 99 times, scoring 6 goals, all of which were scored in the Premier League. He has been capped 35 times for England and has scored 1 goal.
 
Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard

 
Frank Lampard  
Name: Frank James Lampard
Date of Birth: 20th June 1978
Place of Birth: Romford, Essex
England Debut: 10th October 1999
Against: Belgium
   
   
League Club: Chelsea
 
Frank James Lampard was born on 20th June 1978 in Romford. He is from a big footballing family as several members of his family including his father, uncle and several cousins have all been involved in the game. Frank followed in their footsteps from an early age and could always be seen with a football at his feet. He has always been a determined person and his never say die attitude landed him a place in Heath Park’s youth team. This breakthrough led him to get trials for Tottenham, Arsenal and finally West Ham who he signed a youth contract with in 1994.
 
After a year at West Ham he was sent out on loan to Swansea. His determined nature shone through again as Frank saw this as a need to improve as a footballer and so this is what he set out to do. Even though the training facilities at Swansea weren’t as high a standard as those at West Ham frank used them to their fullest and built up his strength. On his return to Upton Park he was ready to fight for a first team place. However, it wasn’t until the 1998/99 season that he finally established himself as a regular first team player, playing every game that season. Both his uncle and father quit their jobs in the 2000/01 season as manager and assistant manager respectively and so Frank Lampard took the decision to make a move also, signing for Chelsea for a reported fee of £11 million.
 
The Chelsea manager at the time, Ranieri, was a huge Frank Lampard fan and so Frank found himself in the thick of first team action as soon as he arrived at Stamford Bridge, making his debut against Newcastle United on 19th August, and going on to appear in every game that season, scoring 8 goals. His game continued to improve and in the 2002/03 season Frank Lampard hit double figures for the first time, scoring 10 goals. Frank was already an England player by this time but it wasn’t until the match against Croatia on 20th August 2003 that he scored his first goal for his country.
 
Frank Lampard started to show what he was really made of though when in the Summer of 2003 one of the richest men in the World bought Chelsea Football Club and Frank suddenly found himself surrounded by World class footballing talent. In the 2004/05 season he netted 19 goals across all competitions and hit 20 the season after that. Picking up trophies along the way, Frank Lampard scored his 100th goal for Chelsea during the 2007/08 season which for a central midfield player is an astounding achievement.
 
Frank Lampard has come along way from playing in his back garden with his uncle and his father, and although now in his thirties, he still plays at the highest level of football and is recognised as one of the best midfielders in the world.
 
At the time of writing this (May 2012), Frank Lampard has appeared for Chelsea a total of 558 times, scoring 186 goals, 126 of which were scored in the Premier League. He has been capped 90 times for England, scoring 21 goals.
 
Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole

 
Ashley Cole  
Name: Ashley Cole
Date of Birth: 20th December 1980
Place of Birth: Stepney, London
England Debut: 28th March 2001
Against: Albania
   
   
League Club: Chelsea
 
Ashley Cole is of British and Barbadian heritage.  His father, Ron Callender moved to Australia when Cole was a child and he was brought up in London by his mother, Sue Cole, along with his younger brother Matthew.
 
Cole began his footballing career with the Arsenal Junior team in 1997, signing up to the Senior squad in 1999.  He made his first appearance for the team in the November of that year when they played Middlesbrough in the Worthington Cup but he spent part of that season on loan to Crystal Palace – a total of three months.  However, after Sylvinho suffered an injury in 2000, Cole managed to establish himself as the left back on the first team, remaining with Arsenal as a regular first-starter until 2006.  He managed to clock up impressive stats during that time, including two Premier League wins and three FA Cup Final wins.
 
Cole was involved in a tapping-up scandal in early 2005 involving rival’s Chelsea, but although he remained with Arsenal until 2006 he eventually did make a move to Chelsea in a £5 million deal which went through on August 31 that year.
 
Cole made his first appearance for his new club on 9 September 2006 when they beat Charlton Athletic 2-1.  He went on to win two further FA Cups, bringing his tally in line with the existing Cup record of 5 wins overall.
 
Cole played for the England youth teams, scoring one goal out of his four appearances for the U21’s.  On 28 March 2001 he debuted for the senior squad against Albania in the FIFA World Cup qualifier and went on to represent England at the following World Cup and European Football Championships in 2002, 2004.  He represented the country again in 2006 when his crucial block against Ecuador in the second round helped get England as far as the Quarter Finals.
 
Cole was awarded the Chelsea Players’ Player of the Year in 2009.
 
At the time of writing this (May 2012), Ashley Cole has appeared for Chelsea a total of 261 times, scoring 6 goals, all of which were scored in the Premier League. He has been capped 93 times for England. No goals.
 
Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney

 
Wayne Rooney  
Name: Wayne Mark Rooney
Date of Birth: 24th October 1985
Place of Birth: Croxteth, Liverpool
England Debut: 12th February 2003
Against: Australia
England Caps:
England Goals:
League Club: Manchester United
 
Wayne Mark Rooney was born on 24th October 1985 in Croxteth, Liverpool.  Son of Thomas Wayne Rooney and Jeanette Marie Rooney (Morrey), he grew up in Merseyside, attending De La Salle School along with his younger brothers, Graeme and John.
 
Rooney joined Everton’s Youth team at the age of 10 when he signed a schoolboy contract and was earning £80 per week until the age of 16 when he made his professional debut.
 
On 19th October 2002, Rooney scored his first professional goal in the Premier League when he scored for Everton against Arsenal, who were the current league champions at the time.  That goal, which was scored only five days before his 17th birthday, made Rooney the youngest goal scorer in Premier League history, although he no longer holds that title.
 
Rooney’s senior career with England began on 12 February 2003 when he went on in a friendly against Australia, substituting for Kieron Dyer.
 
In 2004, and still only 18 years old, Rooney was signed by Manchester United in a £25.6 million deal, the highest recorded fee for a player under the age of 20.  This was despite Everton’s pledge that they wouldn’t let him go for less than £50 million, but the club’s financial difficulties put pressure on them to let him go.
 
Debuting for Manchester United on 28th September 2004, Rooney scored an impressive hat-trick against Fenerbahçe in a Champions League group stage and then went on to become Manchester United’s top scorer that season, earning the coveted Young Player of the Year Award.
 
At the time of writing this (May 2012), Wayne Rooney has appeared for Manchester United a total of 365 times, scoring 182 goals. Of these, 129 goals were scored in the Premier League in 251 appearances. He has been capped 73 times for England and scored 28 goals.