Wayne Rooney was an Everton hero at 16

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Wayne Rooney is aiming to lead from the front at Everton – by convincing the latest crop of young talent at Goodison Park they are as good as he was as a teenager.

The likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Mason Holgate and Tom Davies are already earning big reputations, but Rooney, who returned to the blue half of Merseyside this summer after a trophy-laden spell at Manchester United, is determined to take their confidence levels sky-high.

“I’m a player who has always believed in myself and had confidence,” he told talkSPORT. “I remember as a 16-year-old going into the Everton and being on the training pitch knowing I was the best player in the team at 16.

“I’ve always had a belief in myself that I can do well and keep improving, and that’s still with me to this today.

“You need that, and I’ve said that to a few of our players about knowing when you’re a better team or a better player than someone, and almost showing it and having that arrogance, not in a bad way, but having that cockiness and arrogance to show it on the pitch.”

Listen to the full interview with Wayne Rooney here, or download the podcast on iTunes

Wayne Rooney Foundation
Wayne set up his Foundation to use his status to help vulnerable children and young people and improve their lives. He chose the NSPCC, Claire House Children’s Hospice, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and the Manchester United Foundation as beneficiaries. WR organised for all profits from his United testimonial against Everton last year to go to these chosen charities. So far he has raised £1.2m and aims to generate more income and awareness for the charities to go towards lasting projects for children in the north west and nationally.

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