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This story about Wayne Rooney as a teenager will make you love him even more

A former Everton scout has told the BBC about how he spotted Rooney's talent as a youngster

It seems Wayne Rooney’s move to Everton has turned on everyone’s nostalgia button.

The former Manchester United star (still feels strange saying that) moved back to his boyhood club at the weekend, and the news has been broadly welcomed by football fans across the board.

Rooney’s move is a perfect example of a player completing his footballing journey by returning to the place where he made his name, and people that have been involved in his career have got on board to reflect on his footballing life so far.

One such person is former Everton scout Bob Pendleton, who talked to the BBC about spotting Rooney as a young lad.

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The piece, which is well worth in a read in full, wrote about how he found Rooney, his predictions for his future, and the pride he has in finding the Croxteth talent.

In it, he also shared a brilliant story about the young, shy, Rooney, who just let his football do the talking in his early years.

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Pendleton writes: “In his teenage years I’d sometimes wait outside Goodison for him with a couple of complimentary tickets.

“He’d often be late because of his footballing duties and I’d end up missing the first 10 minutes.

“‘You play today?’ I’d ask. Shy again, he’d reply: ‘Yes.’ ‘Did you score?’ Regularly he’d come back with: “Six.”

“And, tickets in hand, he’d be off in a flash.”

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The story is a window into the world of a player who was so clearly talented beyond his years that he didn’t even think much of scoring a double hat-trick on the regular.

It’s perhaps unsurprising that Rooney used to shyly shrug off incredible feats – after all, according to his Wikipedia page, he once scored 99 goals in a season before being spotted by the aforementioned Pendleton.


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