Wayne Rooney’s individual highlights against France at Euro 2004 show that it could have been one of the best teenage tournament debuts.
Rooney flew to the tournament with England at the age of 18 while playing for Everton.
A move to Manchester United would follow two months later and his performance in the Les Bleus match could have had a huge impact.
Check out the full highlights below.
England would lose the game 2-1, but it was Rooney’s performance that made everyone talk about football.
Fans reacted to the clip which describes the performance as one of the best international performances of a teenager.
What a player he was then. But look how deep we are and still play.
– Phil Turner (@ PhilTurner03) April 12, 2020
Prime Rooney was devastating
– Joe Smith (@ Coachjsmith90) April 17, 2020
The game that made me crazy about this man: heart_eyes:, I remember everything he did in this game.
– Mohanad (@ errors30) April 11, 2020
Wearing the number nine jersey, the forward kept running and caused all sorts of problems for the aging French back-line.
What followed were two strikes of injury time from Zinedine Zidane to inflict defeat on the Three Lions.
Despite his tournament ending in an injury in a quarterfinal loss to Portugal, host Rooney admitted that Euro 2004 was the best moment of his international career.
He told the Daily Mail, “My debut at such a young age and Euro 2004 was the most remarkable tournament for me because I scored four goals.
“I had to mature quickly because I’m in the spotlight. On the field, I evolved as a player. I have more composure than when I was 17 or 18. ”
Rooney’s raw talent during this period has probably not been matched by an English international since.
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