Wayne Rooney marked ten years since his iconic goal for Everton against Arsenal with a brace in the last weekend's defeat of Stoke City, and will have the chance to celebrate his birthday with success against Chelsea in Manchester United's next fixture.

The Manchester United striker turned 27 on Wednesday and can reflect on a decade as a professional knowing he has won almost everything there is to win in club football.

Since making his debut for Everton in 2002, Rooney has established himself as one of the finest strikers on the planet and, on his birthday, GMF takes a closer look at the England star's career in numbers…

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Rooney was just five days away from his 17th birthday when he netted a stoppage time winner against Arsenal to announce himself as one of the hottest young prospects in football.

'Remember the name,' bellowed the commentator after Rooney fired past David Seaman from 25-yards, and the striker has achieved plenty since that breakthrough moment.

18 years and 237 days

Rooney became the youngest player to score in European Championship history when he netted twice against Switzerland in Coimbra in 2004.

This record, however, was broken by Swiss midfielder Johan Vonlanthen just four days later in their defeat against France.

£25.6 million

Following an impressive individual Euro 2004 for Rooney it was always likely that Everton would struggle to retain the services of the teenage England striker.

Newcastle had a bid of £20 million rejected by Everton, before the Toffees eventually accepted a £25.6 million offer from Manchester United - the highest fee paid for a player under 20.

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Rooney has won the Premier League title on four occasions since he signed for Manchester United over eight years ago.

It was not, however, until 2006/07 - Rooney's third season at Old Trafford - that he managed his first triumph with the club, before consecutive titles followed and a fourth was landed in 2010/11.

 

 



 

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Rooney can count one Champions League winner's medal in his trophy cabinet, but it could have been three for the England striker.

Manchester United beat Chelsea in Rooney's first European Cup final appearance in 2008, but there were losses in the final to Barcelona in Rome a year later, and in 2011 at Wembley.

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With 32 goals in 78 appearances during an England career spanning nine years, Rooney has a goals-to-game ratio for his country of 0.41.

His first England goal came as an 17-year-old against Macedonia, while his most recent strike was netted in the recent 1-1 draw with Poland on the path to the 2014 World Cup.

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Rooney's best goals haul in a single season for Manchester United is 34 - a feat he has achieved twice during his career.

His first 34-goal haul came in the 2009-10 season, during which he played 44 games, while Rooney netted the same amount of goals - from the same number of matches - last season.

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