Wayne Rooney rolled back the years last night, scoring two goals against Scotland, 14 years after he headed home in a Victory Shield match between the two teams.
The FA have posted a video today showing a 16-year-old fresh-faced Rooney nod in from close-range to celebrate with a cartwheel in the corner, little did he know what his future held.
Fast-forward nearly a decade and a half and the England captain did it again, in the process becoming England’s third highest goal scorer with 45 strikes in 101 appearances.
His first came just two minutes after the interval following a brief period of pinball in the box, with Rooney able to direct a header into the bottom corner past a despairing Craig Gordon.
Andrew Robertson pulled one back for the Scots but the Manchester United striker sealed the 3-1 victory finishing off a fine England move, cue the cartwheel.
Rooney has not always been a fan favourite, but he has taken to captaincy at club and country well, with England boasting a 100 percent record under his leadership including wins over Switzerland and closest rivals Scotland.
He shows the exact same passion, desire and tenacity he had when was 16, desperate to make an impact in every game he plays.
It sets Rooney up perfectly to become the nation’s top scorer of all time so expect to see the cartwheel come out a few more times in England colours.
Rooney, meanwhile, returns to duty with Manchester United this weekend when Louis van Gaal's side travel to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal.
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