Play of the day: 11-year old Rooney scores belter

When Wayne Rooney was 11-years old, he scored a goal which suggested he was destined for greatness.

Playing for the Liverpool schoolboys Under-11 side, Rooney scored this belter which encompassed the pace, strength, power, technique and receding hairline which would later reshape English football.

Also keep an eye out for young Jamie Carragher at 0.08 seconds.

Little Rooney scored 72 of his team's 158 goals in that 1996/97 season, breaking a club record set in the late 1970s by Steve Redmond. He helped his team-mates win the Barnett Shieldhouse Cup, Merseyside League, Antcliffe Shield and SV Almere International Tournament, but it was his promise as a future star that shone through.

Not a lot has changed, although he does have more hair these days.

-nzherald.co.nz

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