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By Gary Rose

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    Wayne Rooney

    Right, time to wrap things up but if you enjoyed that then good news, because this Sunday we have another football documentary to get your teeth into: Sir Alex Ferguson: Secrets of Success, on BBC One at 22:30 BST.

    Once again you can follow live text commentary and get involved in the chat.

    See you later.

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  3. Vote result

    Rooney overhead

    We've been asking you to select what you think is Rooney's greatest moment, and the results are in. The winner - by a distance with 39% - is his superb overhead kick in the Manchester derby in 2011. What a goal. Top class.

    Thanks for voting.

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    We are just about to wrap things up here, I can't keep up with all the comments on #manbehindthegoals but it seems like you all enjoyed it too.

    Particular highlights for me were Wayne Rooney taking Coleen for a corned beef hash after proposing and the fact Rooney played football with his mates straight after scoring against Arsenal.

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    Well I don't know about you but I thoroughly enjoyed that. Wayne Rooney seems like an all round good egg.

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    Peter Shilton

    Wayne Rooney has broken the all-time scoring record for England, can he now go on to win the most caps for his country?

    He has 107 and needs 19 more to take that record from former England keeper Peter Shilton.

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    Cristiano Ronaldo

    I promised you a cheeky little humblebrag from Cristiano Ronaldo a little earlier, and here it is, in all its glory.

    "I know how hard it is to be number one."


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    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    "When Rooney scored his record-breaking 50th England goal against Switzerland in the World Cup qualifier in September, he assured himself of a place in history.

    "The debate goes on about whether he can be regarded as a true England great, but anyone who has scored more international goals than Sir Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker has proved his worth on the highest stage.

    "And he still has the power to add – testimony to an outstanding career for clubs and country."

  10. History maker

    Wayne Rooney

    Wayne Rooney broke a record that had stood for 45 years when he converted a late penalty against Switzerland on 8 September to become England's leading scorer with 50 goals.    

    Wayne Rooney

    He overtook Sir Bobby Charlton's mark of 49 goals and is one of five Englishman to have scored more than 40 international goals.  

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    Quote Message: I saw a big change in Wayne when he became England captain. There was all of a sudden a maturity in the way he was handling himself. from Former England captain David Beckham
    Former England captain David Beckham
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    Wayne Rooney

    Wayne Rooney was named England captain in August 2014, taking over from Steven Gerrard following the midfielder's retirement.

    It also came just weeks after he was named Manchester United skipper.

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    How close did Wayne Rooney come to leaving Manchester United?

    "If you are not going to play me it might be better I move on," he said about a meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson which prompted a rumoured transfer request in 2013.

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    World Cup

    Wayne Rooney has played in 11 World Cup finals games, but has scored just one goal. That came at last year's tournament in Brazil, a 75th minute equaliser against Uruguay, who went on to win 2-1.

  17. A World Cup to forget

    World Cup 2010

    England finished second in Group C on five points, level with the United States to progress to the knockout stage of the tournament, where they met Germany. And this happened...


    Down 2-1 against Germany, Frank Lampard's shot crossed the line but no goal was given. Germany went on to win 4-1.

    Not sure about you but that looks in to me.

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    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Wayne Rooney

    "Those of us who suffered through the game where nothing happened – England 0 Algeria 0 in Cape Town at the South Africa World Cup in 2010 – in search of a story were handed one by Rooney.

    "Frustrated at his own lack of fitness after he ended the season with a succession of injuries and the sheer dire nature of the game, Rooney let fly into a television camera at the end of the game and had a go at England’s fans.

    "Instead of apologising for England’s display he responded to booing by saying: “Nice to see your own fans booing you – that’s what loyal support is.”

    "Rooney, who always appreciates travelling support, immediately knew he had made a mistake.

    "For those us wondering what to write about, he saved the day."

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    Hang on, Wayne Rooney writes poems, and he can play the guitar as well?

    "Gosh, you have a lot of guitars," observes Gary Lineker. "Play the guitar do you?"

    "No," says Rooney. "I collect them. This is one from Noel Gallagher."

    Not quite sure I can tell who it is Noel supports here...

    Manchester City
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    Quote Message: I am so happy he is with our club, and he is with England, and he is going to score a lot more goals. from Sir Bobby Charlton Former Manchester United and England forward
    Sir Bobby CharltonFormer Manchester United and England forward
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    "A few goals between us, eh."

    You are not wrong Gary, 147 goals to be exact, Wayne Rooney leading the way with 50.

    Three generations of England forwards - Sir Bobby Charlton, Lineker and Rooney. 

    A great shot.

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    The question we are all asking...

  23. 'Maybe we will play together again'

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo spent six seasons playing together at Manchester United before Ronaldo moved to Real Madrid.

    "He was a fantastic team player, and he scored goals," remembers Ronaldo. "We won all the trophies and on the pitch we were like a team. 

    "He is a fantastic boy and he helped me a lot. I miss him, but the future nobody knows. Maybe we will play together again."

    Could that one day be back at Manchester United?

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    Back in Kai's games room, which I am becoming increasingly jealous of.

    Classic tactic from Coleen there, too. Stick Lion King on the telly when the little one wants to do something else.

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  26. Rooney's red card record

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  27. Did Ronaldo play a part in Rooney getting sent off?

    Cristiano Ronaldo
    Quote Message: I don't regret what I did. When you play for your country you defend your colour. I didn't do anything bad. He understood my point of view at that moment. We are still friends. A big drama was created that didn't exist. from Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal winger and Rooney's former Man Utd team-mate
    Cristiano RonaldoPortugal winger and Rooney's former Man Utd team-mate

    Incidentally, there's a brilliant bit of humble bragging to come from Ronaldo a little bit later on. An excellent pretend bit of modesty if ever there was one.

  28. Rooney sees red

    Wayne Rooney

    Disaster. Wayne Rooney made the squad for the 2006 World Cup but was sent off for a stamp on Ricardo Carvalho in England's quarter-final with Portugal. 

    The game ended goalless and the Three Lions would once again endure heartache from the penalty spot as Portugal won 3-1.

    That was Rooney's first international red card. His only other one to date was in Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro in 2011.

  29. Vote - Rooney's greatest moment


    Don't forget you can vote now at the top of this page for Rooney's greatest moment. The vote closes at 22:00 BST.

  30. Rooney's World Cup hopes rocked

    Wayne Rooney

    When Wayne Rooney broke a bone in his foot playing for Manchester United against Chelsea in April 2006, a nation undoubtedly held its breath.

    It happened just months before the World Cup in Germany and this is what a couple of his international team-mates said at the time: 

    Steven Gerrard: "It would be a disaster for England if we had to go to the World Cup without Wayne. He is idolised around the country and is our main man.

    "I think it is impossible to have a successful World Cup without Wayne."

    Joe Cole: "The game was gone and everyone in the stadium just thought: 'Oh no, the World Cup, is Wayne going to be all right?'.

    "Whatever they tell him he'll be out for, I'm sure it will be half that or three-quarters of that because he's got that winning character."

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    Manchester United

    After making his Manchester United debut in August 2004, Wayne Rooney went on to play in 278 games under Sir Alex Ferguson, scoring 141 goals.

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    Steven Gerrard

    Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard played in 71 games together for England, finishing on the winning side on 41 occasions. 

  34. It's bedtime, Kai...

    Quote Message: Kai is starting to want to watch every game now. I had to sit up the other night and watch West Ham the Europa League from Wayne Rooney
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    We all feel your pain, Wayne...

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    Wayne Rooney's trophy and memorabilia room is impressive and everything, but that toy village shop and packed play food cabinet looks awesome. 

    Think I had about two plastic fried eggs when I was a kid. Possibly a plastic burger too.

  36. Just look at that midfield!

    Man Utd XI

    There are moments littered throughout history that just make you sit up and think 'how on earth did that happen?'. Moments like the pyramids being built, a human being stepping foot on the moon and Manchester United winning a Champions League game 6-2 with this midfield...

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    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    "Rooney’s feats at Euro 2004 and an increasingly fraught financial situation at Everton made him an easy transfer target for the richer clubs – and so it proved as he joined Manchester United in a deal worth up to £27m on 31 August 2004.

    "Despite paying such a sum for an 18-year-old, it was never regarded as anything other than a sure thing considering Rooney’s precocious brilliance. It has turned out to be a bargain.

    "That broken foot sustained at Euro 2004 delayed his debut until a Champions League tie with Fenerbahce at Old Trafford. Any misplaced notions that the unique pressures of the “Theatre Of Dreams” might be too much for him were swept away by a brilliant debut hat-trick in a 6-2 win for Manchester United."

  38. Rooney's big move

    Wayne Rooney

    Wayne Rooney became the most expensive teenager in history when he moved from Everton to Manchester United for an initial £20m, rising to £27m, in August 2004.

    He has since dropped down to fifth in the ranks of most expensive teenagers, with the others:

    1. Anthony Martial (Monaco to Man Utd, Sept 2015) - £36m (rising to £58m)
    2. Luke Shaw (Southampton to Man Utd, June 2014) - £27m (rising to £31m)
    3. Marquinhos (Roma to PSG, July 2014) - £27m  
    4. Anderson (Porto to Man Utd, July 2007) - £26m
  39. Rooney was 'the new Pele' in 2004

    Quote Message: I don't remember anyone making such an impact on a tournament since Pele in the 1958 World Cup. from Sven Goran-Ericsson England manager, Euro 2004
    Sven Goran-EricssonEngland manager, Euro 2004
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    Whatever people may feel about Wayne Rooney's form these days, there is no denying his passion for playing football. Great to see.

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    Wayne Rooney

    Only Gary Lineker (six at the 1986 World Cup) and Alan Shearer (five at Euro '96) have scored more goals at an international tournament than Wayne Rooney.

    The then 18-year-old's first goals at Euro 2004, a brace in a 3-0 win against Switzerland, briefly made him the youngest scorer at a European Championship finals.

    That was until Switzerland's Johan Vonlanthen took that record from him just four days later, beating Rooney by three months when he scored against France.

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    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    "Euro 2004 in Portugal was the start of “Roo-mania” as the then Everton teenager illuminated the tournament with his brilliance. He became the focus of a nation’s attention, not simply back in Britain but also in Portugal, scoring four goals.

    "Those of us out in Portugal covering the tournament were asked for a succession of interviews by foreign media – all on the subject of the new boy wonder.

    "England had a fine side under manager Sven-Goran Eriksson and will feel they should have claimed a tournament eventually won by Greece. They may well have done had Rooney not limped out of the quarter-final with Portugal in The Stadium Of Light – which England lost on penalties after drawing 2-2 – early on with a broken foot."

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    Wayne Rooney

    The first of Wayne Rooney's 50 goals for England came against Macedonia in a crucial Euro 2004 qualifier.

    His equaliser meant that, at the tender age of 17 years and 317 days, he beat Michael Owen's record to become England's youngest scorer.

    Captain David Beckham then got the winner in a 2-1 win from the penalty spot.

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    Wayne Rooney

    When Wayne Rooney started against Turkey back in 2003, it made him England's youngest ever starter.

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    Not a bad team that.

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    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    "Rooney never once flinched at any new challenge or step in his development, so it was no surprise when he was swiftly into his stride as an England player.

    "The evidence was provided when he made his full debut in England’s 2-0 win in the Euro 2004 qualifier win against Turkey at The Stadium Of Light in April 2003.

    "Though only 17, it was Rooney’s boldness that got England going, even doing a spot of ball juggling at one point as well as physically bullying Turkey’s defender.

    "Again, the standing ovation when he came off was another memorable moment."

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    Wayne Rooney

    Rooney made his Premier League debut in the 2002-03 season at the age of 16. He scored eight goals in that campaign, but it was not about the number, but the way he scored them. 

    "You were not playing against a kid, you were playing against a man," remembers ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.

  50. Rooney the poet

    I really, really want to read a bit of poetry by Wayne Rooney.

  51. The look of love

    And there it is...

    Wayne Rooney

    Proposal in a petrol station car park, celebratory meal of corned beef hash. Wayne you old romantic...

    What's the least romantic thing you have done? #manbehindthegoals

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    David Moyes gave Wayne Rooney his first taste of first-team football. In total, Rooney played 67 games for Everton under Moyes, scoring 15 goals and providing eight assists.

    They would, of course, reunite at Manchester United when Moyes became manager in 2013. During his spell in charge, Rooney scored 15 goals again, but this time in just 28 appearances.

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    Quote Message: I'd be getting told 'Rooney has been out playing in the streets again with his pals'. I'd be saying: 'he has just played'. But that is why he is probably as grounded as he is. from David Moyes Former Everton manager
    David MoyesFormer Everton manager
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  55. Score against Arsenal, kick a ball against some garages

    Wayne Rooney

    You score the winner against Arsenal - your first goal in the Premier League, and how do you celebrate, if you are Wayne Rooney? By going home and kicking a ball against the back of some garages.


    There are some more superb down-to-earth revelations to come. We'll give you a clue - it involves his wedding proposal.

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    "Remember the name: Wayne Rooney."

    Climbing off the bench, as a 16-year-old and scoring the winner against an Arsenal side who had not lost in their previous 30 games. What a way to make an impression.

    Rooney continued to make the headlines in a sensational breakthrough year back in 2002 and was later named BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

    Wayne Rooney
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  58. 99 goals in a season!

    Wayne Rooney

    Wayne Rooney was spotted by Everton's academy director Ray Hall while playing for Copplehouse Juniors. In one season at youth level he scored 99 goals, and he was hot property, catching the eye of Liverpool.

    "They went up to my dad and said they'd like me to come for a trial," he remembers. 

    "I didn't really want to. I went down in my Everton kit which the coaches were not too pleased about."

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    Image caption: Francis Jeffers and Wayne Rooney both played for Everton in 2003. They also came through the club's youth system, although at separate times.

    Did you know that one-time fox in the box Francis Jeffers went to the same school as Wayne Rooney in Croxteth? The two were also team-mates back in the day at Everton.

    True story.

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    Wayne Rooney

    With all the money Wayne Rooney earns, it is quite amazing to discover that his mum still works as a dinner lady at his old school.

    "The kids all have banter with my mum about me playing for Manchester United," says Rooney.

    The term 'dinner lady', by the way, is definitive proof that dinner is what you have at midday.Tea is your meal at around 5pm. That's that.

  61. Band of brothers

    John Rooney
    Image caption: John Rooney (left) plays for National League side Chester

    Wayne Rooney mentions playing football near his family home in Croxteth with his brothers, Graham and John. 

    John is also a footballer and plays for non-league Chester. He scored on Saturday, actually, a 25-yard screamer of a free-kick.

  62. Going home


    We start things off in the area where Wayne Rooney grew up. Know much about Croxteth?

    I'll try my best to fill you in with a couple of quick details:

    • It is a suburb of Liverpool.
    • It has a population of around 15,000
    • There is a large park and country hall within the area
    Google map
    Image caption: See that red marker? That's Croxteth.
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    Wayne Rooney describes his life as "quite boring".

    "Outside of football you go home and play with the kids," he says. "I am happy with the way I live my life outside of football."

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    Massive, massive slide and a five-a-side football pitch in the back garden? Not bad, not bad at all.

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    SMS Message: Dependably unpredictable to the last, but exciting enough to forgive. from Ander in Lincoln
    Ander in Lincoln
  67. Live now

    And off we go. You can watch on this page by using the play icon at the top.

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    Cheeky from Piers...

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    Right then. This is your two-minute warning.

    Get yourself plonked on the couch, brew in hand and settled in for a one hour look into the life of Wayne Rooney.

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    Well Gary's son would say that I suppose, wouldn't he?

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    So why has Wayne Rooney decided to open up about his life off the pitch?

    "We have had many requests over the years but this time the time just felt right to say yes," he has written on his official website.

    "As captain of both my club and country I feel it is important that people could come to their own conclusion about who I am and how I live my life off the field as well as on it." 

    There's that reason, and that he wants to read one of his poems on television. Am I joking? Watch the documentary and find out...

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    I've had a sneak peak at tonight's documentary and it is definitely a must-watch for any football fan. Here's a little taster of what you can expect:

    • Rooney talks about his life growing up in Liverpool
    • Reveals why he signed for Everton
    • Discusses his relationships with his managers, both at club and international level
    • Talks about the players he enjoyed playing alongside

    There's plenty more, including Rooney's penchant for poems and belting out Mustang Sally at karaoke...

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    Rooney shirt

    Wayne Rooney: One of the country's greats, the ultimate street footballer, or a bit of a letdown who never performed at major tournaments?

    We want to hear from you as you watch the show, and we're asking you to describe Rooney's career in 10 words or fewer.

    Get in touch using #manbehindthegoals or text us on 81111. Don't forget to include your name and where you live in texts.

  78. Vote - Rooney's greatest moment

    Wayne Rooney

    A leading light in the Premier League for more than a decade and a record-breaker at international level, Wayne Rooney has had a glittering career. But which has been his greatest moment?

    Vote now at the top of the page. The vote will close at 22:00 BST and terms and conditions can be found here.

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    BBC One

    Judging by comments on Twitter, there's lots of excitement about this tonight.

    Wayne Rooney - The Man Behind the Goals is coming up on BBC One, except Scotland (where it is on at 22:40 BST), at 21:00 BST as we take a closer look at the life of the Manchester United and England forward.

    You can watch right here on this page too, and share your thoughts about the show on Twitter via #manbehindthegoals

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    Wayne Rooney – The Man Behind the Goals

    Wayne Rooney

    When Wayne Rooney scored against Switzerland at Wembley in September, he became England’s greatest ever goalscorer, eclipsing a record held by Sir Bobby Charlton for almost half a century.

    But who is the real Wayne Rooney? 

    For the first time, he has allowed a television production team, as well as BBC football presenter Gary Lineker, unique access to his life and the people closest to him.

    Tonight, we will discover the story of the real Wayne Rooney...

  83. The Man Behind the Goals

    We know about the goals...

    Wayne Rooney

    ...we know about the temperament...

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    ...but do we actually know about the man? 

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