England legend Wayne Rooney to make U17 Euro draw as he becomes latest ambassador

Wednesday 04 Apr 2018
Former England captain Wayne Rooney will be back at St. George's Park to make the U17 Euro 2018 draw

Wayne Rooney is the latest star to be revealed as an honorary ambassador for this summer's UEFA U17 European Championship on home soil.

England’s record goalscorer and most-capped outfield player joins the likes of Jack Butland, Lewis Cook and Nathaniel Chalobah in backing the tournament, which is being held across the Midlands and Yorkshire between 4 and 20 May.

UEFA European U17 Championship
  • The Finals Draw
  • 5.30pm, Thursday 5 April 2018
  • St. George's Park, Burton
  • Watch live via @England Twitter

And the Three Lions' legend will be in attendance at St. George's Park on Thursday 5 April, when he will help conduct the final draw for the 2018 edition.

Rooney is no stranger to the U17 Euro, having first burst on to the international stage as the tournament's inaugural Golden Player during the Young Lions' third-place finish in 2002 in Denmark before England went on to win the title in 2010 and 2014.

"I am extremely proud to become a UEFA tournament ambassador for U17 Euro,” said Rooney, now back with boyhood club Everton following a 13-year spell with Manchester United where he also became their record goalscorer.

“I was honoured to be asked to conduct the final draw at St. George's Park and support the tournament.

"It is the first opportunity for the continent's young players to showcase their talents competitively on the international stage.

“I have fond memories of playing in Denmark all those years ago, so I know it's a fantastic chance for any young player to represent their country and compete against the best in Europe.”

Rooney will make the draw alongside John Delaney, chairman of the UEFA Youth & Amateur Football Committee, from 5.30pm on Thursday and you can watch the draw live on Twitter via the official @England account.

Rooney became England's record goalscorer against Switzerland in 2015

St. George's Park, Chesterfield, Burton Albion, Walsall, Rotherham United and Loughborough University will be host venues for the tournament and Rooney is wishing the Young Lions all the best.

"I never had the opportunity to compete in a home tournament for my country, so this could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these lads,” added Rooney. 

“Hopefully they can continue the recent success of England’s development teams."

With tickets starting from just £2 for children and £4 for adults, fans of all ages can watch Europe's future stars on their doorstep at affordable prices.

See the stars of tomorrow in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship, 4-20 May 2018. Find out more about the venues and ticket details.

By FA Staff