The 18-year-old scored this third international goal with a real cracker, set up
The 18-year-old scored this third international goal with a real cracker, set up England's second and it was his name chanted by the fans when he left the field at the same time as David Beckham. Not a bad afternoon's work...
"I enjoyed linking up with Wayne in particular. He is a wonderful player" - Joe Cole
"For 20 minutes, he gave a performance I hadn't seen for a long time" - ex-Danish international John Sievabeck
"Already very mature for his age as a footballer" - Sven Goran Eriksson
You can never be quite sure which way friendly matches are going to go. With the pressure off, you can get great exhibitions of attacking football. Or with unfamiliar teams, you can get defensive stalemates.
Wayne Rooney set the pattern for Sunday's encounter between England and Denmark after five minutes. He sprinted to claim a ricochet of a Danish defender and curled in a 25-yard shot off the underside of the crossbar.
When Denmark equalised, Rooney's quick thinking found Joe Cole in the box to restore England's lead within 18 seconds.
When the 18-year-old Everton star was replaced at the same time as Old Trafford legend David Beckham, it was Rooney's name that rang out around the stadium. That is the sort of impact he had even though England went on to lose 3-2.
"Wayne Rooney's not only a big talent, he's already a fantastic player, said Sven after the game.
"Of course, he can be even better and learn even more, but he is already very mature for his age as a footballer. He was clever out there and his first touch was incredible.
"He scored a very nice goal, set up another and hit the post. You can't ask much more than that from a boy of 18. I'm very happy that we have a striker and a talent like that in England." And so say all of us.
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