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David Beckham to train with Arsenal as former England midfielder ponders next move

Beckham to train with Arsenal as former England captain ponders next move

Dave Wood


07:54 GMT, 29 January 2013



08:17 GMT, 29 January 2013

David Beckham is due to begin training with Arsenal today with his future still up in the air.

The former England captain, 37, will join up with the Gunners in a bid to keep fit as he considers his next move after leaving LA Galaxy at the end of the MLS season in December.

And Beckham will report for duty at Arsenal's state-of-the-art Hertfordshire training HQ on Tuesday.

Gunner Becks: David Beckham is determined to show he can still play at highest level

Gunner Becks: David Beckham is determined to show he can still play at highest level

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder is determined to prove he can still play at the highest level.

Beckham trained with Arsenal in 2008 and with their north London rivals Tottenham two years ago, during the MLS off-season.

Beckham is currently a free agent and in no rush to make his next move as he can sign outside of this transfer window.

He has attracted interest from QPR and West Ham in the
Premier League, and Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain in France.

is also interest from the UAE, where former England boss Sven Eriksson himself is now technical
director at Al Nasr in Dubai, and the Swede says he would welcome Beckham to the Middle East with open arms.

Running man: Beckham filming an advert for Adidias in Marbella on Monday

Running man: Beckham filming an advert for Adidias in Spain on Monday

The Beckhams are in London after moving back to the UK following the end of his contract with Galaxy.

are currently renting a lavish 20million property in London from
Touker Suleyman, boss of Ghost and Hawes & Curtis, while
the Beckham brood will be educated at London schools

His three sons, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, have all started playing in Chelsea's youth system within the past week.

Ukraine to decide if Sven Goran Eriksson is new boss

Ukraine to decide if Eriksson is the man to resurrect World Cup push next week



20:27 GMT, 19 December 2012

Ukraine's football federation will decide next week whether to hire Sven Goran Eriksson to coach their national team.

Well: Sven Goran Eriksson could be the next coach of Ukraine

Well… Sven Goran Eriksson could be the next coach of Ukraine

After meeting the much-travelled former England coach and his agent in Kiev, officials laid out the terms of a potential contract.

'The Executive Committee meeting will take place next week,' said a federation spokesman, who added that they were also considering hiring local coach Mykhaylo Fomenko.

Both Harry Redknapp and Andriy Shevchenko have turned down the role in recent months.

Ukraine are currently fifth out of Group H's six teams, with two points from three games. After a 1-1 draw at Wembley, they are due to host England in September.

Former boss Oleg Blokhin resigned in late September after failing to lead the team out of the group stages in Euro 2012, which Ukraine co-hosted, and accepted the job of head coach at Dynamo Kiev.

The 64-year-old Swede has served as technical director of Thai club BEC Tero Sasana since September.

Paula Radcliffe decision to keep on racing welcomed by UK athletics chief

Radcliffe decision to keep on racing welcomed by head of UK athletics



13:02 GMT, 10 December 2012

UK Athletics head coach Peter Eriksson has welcomed Paula Radcliffe's determination to resume her career next year, insisting only she knows when it is time to retire.

Radcliffe was unable to compete in the marathon at this summer’s London Olympics due to injury, and lost her Lottery funding as she is no longer seen as a realistic medal contender in global championships.

But despite turning 39 next Monday, the marathon world record holder said she is 'desperate' to return to competition in 2013.

Flying the flag: Radcliffe has vowed to continue racing

Flying the flag: Radcliffe has vowed to continue racing

'I know she had an operation on her foot and it will take some time for her to get back to running, but I see it as very positive if she is still hungry to perform,' Eriksson told the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC Radio Five Live.

'If she does the right things and doesn’t push it too hard, I think she will be fine.

'The athletes know by themselves when it’s time to retire and they have to come to terms with that on their own, it’s nothing you force people into.

'She is a very talented athlete and if she is hungry to race then I think that’s great for us.'

Eriksson was appointed in October and is helping to oversee UKA’s plans for a single high performance institute in Loughborough.

Loughborough will be used as 'the engine' of British athletics according to Eriksson, but the Swede acknowledged that the likes of Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and Adam Gemili will not be required to use the facility on a full-time basis.

Greek tragedy: Radcliffe pulled up during the marathon at 2004 Olympics

Greek tragedy: Radcliffe pulled up during the marathon at 2004 Olympics

Gemili’s coach Michael Afilaka lost his
full-time position with UK Athletics recently and the 19-year-old world
junior champion does not want to move from his London base to work with
another coach in Loughborough.

'I talked to him and he is very
comfortable in his environment,” Eriksson said. 'We have supported his
coach this year and we will find a way to do that in the future.

'We are having coach-based support so there will be some funding going towards Adam’s coaching. He is really keen on staying where he is because he goes to the university, he is close to the training facility and has his coach there so I don’t see a reason to change that at all.

Tough cookie: Radcliffe is desperate to return to competition next year

Tough cookie: Radcliffe is desperate to return to competition next year

'We need to ensure that each athlete and their coach get as much support as we can give them and we need to build a team, but in addition to that we also have a lot of athletes coming up in under-18, under-20, under-23 age groups that are performing really well.

'We need to have those and turn them into medallists and that’s why we try to hire the best coaches and have one central hub that is the engine of the sport.

'You don’t want to take an athlete out of their environment where they are comfortable and have good support, but we also want them to come and be part of the centre. They can come and go, they don’t have to live there, to move anywhere.

'Mo Farah and Jess Ennis have a great environment so why change that We just have to optimise it for them.'

Eriksson also reiterated that, unlike his predecessor Charles van Commenee, he has a good relationship with triple jumper Phillips Idowu, who failed to reach the Olympic final after a controversial and injury-hit build-up.

'He is aiming to bring back a gold medal at the World Championships (in Moscow next year) and I am looking forward to seeing him back on the team again,' Eriksson added.

'If he is fully healed from all his injuries, which he is now, there is no reason why he shouldn’t perform good again so you have to say it’s over now and we have to move forward and do better.'

Sven-Goran Eriksson in talks with Ukraine

Eriksson could come back to haunt England as former boss holds talks with Ukraine



16:32 GMT, 5 December 2012

Negotiations: Ex-England manager Sven-Goran Ericksson could be set to take charge of Ukraine

Negotiations: Ex-England manager Sven-Goran Ericksson could be set to take charge of Ukraine

Sven-Goran Eriksson could be handed the challenge of ruining England's World Cup dream after opening talks to become the new manager of Ukraine.

The Ukrainians offered former Three Lions boss Eriksson the position after failing to land Harry Redknapp.

A spokeswoman for the Ukraine Football Federation said: 'An offer has been made and negotiations are under way.'

England and Ukraine are in the same World Cup qualifying group and drew 1-1 at Wembley in September.

Swede Eriksson, who managed England between 2001 and 2006 and lists Roma, Benfica, Sampdoria and Manchester City among his previous employers, has been working as technical director of BEC Tero Sasana in Thailand since September.

He was also linked with German outfit 1860 Munich last month.

Ukraine have been without a manager since Oleg Blokhin quit in September after failing to lead the co-hosts out of the group stages at Euro 2012.

Former Tottenham boss Redknapp admitted he was interested in the post before taking the reins at Premier League basement boys QPR.

James Beattie in Accrington Stanley player coach

Accrington Stanley Who are they Former England striker Beattie is in as player coach



16:55 GMT, 9 November 2012

Former England striker James Beattie has joined League Two side Accrington as a player-coach, as revealed in Sportsmail.

The 34-year-old, who was released by Sheffield United in the summer, played with new Stanley manager Leam Richardson at Blackburn Rovers.

'Leam has taken over as manager and asked me to come along and play some games and do a little bit in a coaching role,' he told the club website.

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Beattie signs for Accrington

Beattie signs for Accrington on Friday and holds his No21 shirt

Scoring for Everton... Beattie hits the target against Wigan

Scoring for Everton… Beattie hits the target against Wigan

Jumping for Sheffield United... Beattie avoids the challenge of Middlesbrough's Emanuel Pogatetz.

Jumping for Sheffield United… Beattie avoids the challenge of Middlesbrough's Emanuel Pogatetz.

On the ball for England... Beattie joins Sven Goran Eriksson's squad in 2003

On the ball for England… Beattie joins Sven Goran Eriksson's squad in 2003

Beattie, who won five England caps, has signed a contract until January.

He continued: 'I'm delighted to be here and can't wait to get started.

'The coaching role has put another angle on things for me, but I've signed a playing contract so I want to get involved in that as soon as possible.

'If there's anything I can lend to Leam and the coaching staff here then that'll be great.'

Sportsmail's David Lloyd is a director, shareholder and fan of the club. They were famous for the milk advert, when the child says: 'Accrington Stanley Who are they.' James Beattie looks like he knows the answer.

UK Athletics appoint Peter Eriksson as Olympic head coach

As Dutchman Van Commenee steps down, now UK Athletics turn to Swede Eriksson



13:59 GMT, 29 October 2012

UK Athletics has appointed Swede Peter Eriksson as their new Olympic head coach.

Eriksson will move immediately from his role as UKA’s Paralympic head coach to succeed the outgoing Charles van Commenee, who will officially step down when his contract expires in December.

Van Commenee opted to walk away, despite a hugely successful four-year spell, when Team GB failed to achieve his target of eight medals at the London 2012 Olympics.

Welcome on board: UK Athletics have turned to Swede Peter Eriksson

Welcome on board: UK Athletics have turned to Swede Peter Eriksson

Britain’s haul of six medals still represented a successful tenure for the Dutchman, however, and Van Commenee leaves massive shoes for Eriksson to fill.

The 59-year-old Scandinavian does have pedigree, however, having led Britain’s Paralympic athletes to 29 medals at the London Games, 11 of which were gold.

'It is a great privilege to be asked to take on this role,' Eriksson said. 'I will continue with the methods and approach that has proved so successful in the Paralympic arena, and that has been about strong performance management of our best medal prospects to maximise the likelihood of medal-winning performances.

'The Olympic team performed very well in London, finishing fourth in the world with four golds so I have a great platform on which to build.

'But I believe we can still do better in Rio 2016, and of course when the World Championships take place in the London Olympic Stadium in 2017. The next five years look like an exhilarating time for British athletics.'

Out: Charles van Commenee will step down as head coach in December

Out: Charles van Commenee will step down as head coach in December

The recruitment had been shrouded in
secrecy since Van Commenee’s announcement, with UK Athletics
successfully keeping a lid on speculation.

Tudor Bidder, who operates in a similar role for the Australian
Institute of Sport, was linked with the post in recent days with
Eriksson another name in the frame.

Eriksson will work closely with UKA chief executive Niels de Vos and new performance director Neil Black.

Tyler, who worked closely with Van Commenee as head of coaching
development, had been the early favourite for the top job before
deciding to return to Canada.

Triple jumper Phillips Idowu, who had a long-running feud with Van Commenee which dominated the build-up to the Olympics, gave his backing to the appointment of Eriksson.

He Tweeted: 'Happy 4 Peter Erikkson, met him in Italy a few yrs ago & he was actually coaching (not just a title). We had a nice convo about his kids.'


Neither Idowu nor Charles van Commenee even attempted to disguise their mutual dislike, with their long-running feud dominating the build-up to the London Olympics.

One of Eriksson's first tasks will be to bring the enigmatic Londoner in from the cold and rebuild his relationship with UKA.

The fact they are both fans of Twitter – Van Commenee described it as for 'clowns and attention-seekers' and it was the source of his falling out with Idowu – is a good start and Idowu backed the Swede's appointment on the social networking site.

Fresh start: Phillips Idowu did not get on with Charles van Commenee

Fresh start: Phillips Idowu did not get on with Charles van Commenee

The men's and women's 4x100m teams require huge work. The women did not even qualify a quartet for the London Olympics, while the men's four were disqualified at the Games for a now customary baton fumble.

The men's team were also disqualified at the previous Games, the last World Championships and the last two European Championships.

Steve Peters, the renowned sports psychiatrist who has joined UKA, believes he can have a positive impact on that appalling record, but it will be a far from simple task.

Room for improvement: The GB relay team blundered at the London Olympics

Room for improvement: The GB relay team blundered at the London Olympics

Despite failing to meet his own eight-medal target at the London Games, Van Commenee's stint in charge of British athletics was still an undoubted success.

The Dutchman was virtually the only man in the country unhappy with a haul of six medals, including a magnificent four golds, from the Olympics and he will be a tough act to follow.

Eriksson's style is different, not as confrontational as the notoriously hard-line approach of his predecessor, but his record as Paralympic head coach shows he has similarly high standards.

Eriksson may be called on to boost the motivation of athletes who spent their career building up to the London Olympics and then achieved their career goals, although it is hard to imagine the likes of Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis lacking drive.

Harder, perhaps, could be the task of inspiring those athletes who failed to live up to expectations in Stratford, or even missed out on a place in the team altogether, with four years to wait for another chance.

Anyone questioning whether Eriksson, as a coach of Paralympic athletes, is deserving of the top job at UKA need only look at his record.

He has coached athletes to well over 100 Paralympic medals during a 30-year career and took Great Britain's Paralympians from 18th on the medal table in 2008 in Beijing to third in 2012, converting two golds into 11.

Any athlete struggling to respect a CV of that calibre would be just about impossible to satisfy.


Born 19 November in Sweden.

Competes for Sweden as an international speed skater, finishing 10th in the 500metres at the 1977 World Championships. Also worked as a fireman in Stockholm until 1983.

Moves into coaching and works in speed skating and ice hockey in Sweden before moving into athletics.

Moves to Canada where he embarks on a career spanning three decades coaching Paralympic athletes, specialising in wheelchair racers.

Becomes the first Paralympic coach ever to win the ‘Coach of the Year’ at the Canadian Sports Awards.

Coaches Canadian wheelchair racer Chantal Petitclerc to five gold medals and three world records at the Beijing Olympics.

December – Appointed UK Athletics Paralympic head coach.

January – Great Britain finished third in the medal table at the IPC Athletics World Championships in New Zealand with 12 gold medals and 38 in total.

September – Guides ParalympicsGB’s track and field team to third place in the medal table at the London Games with 11 golds and 29 medals in total. Four years earlier the team had won two golds and 17 medals and finished 18th overall.

October 29 – Appointed the new Olympic head coach at UK Athletics, succeeding Charles van Commenee.

Roy Hodgson delighted to see Wayne Rooney looking sharp again

Now I have got the real Rooney back: Hodgson delighted to see Wayne looking sharp again



22:54 GMT, 13 October 2012

It has only been a six-month wait but it must have seemed an eternity for Roy Hodgson.

At last, however, Wayne Rooney finally looks as though he is in shape to become the talismanic player England managers have always craved.

Whether it were Sven Goran Eriksson, whose last words on leaving the England job were 'Look after Rooney', or Fabio Capello, who was bewildered by Rooney's failure at the 2010 World Cup, all managers of the national team have known that to a certain extent their fate will be entwined with the fortunes of the best English player of his generation.

Get off: Rooney (right) surpassed Alan Shearer in the all-time goalscorers' list against San Marino

Get off: Rooney (right) surpassed Alan Shearer in the all-time goalscorers' list against San Marino

And Hodgson, who had Rooney suspended for two games at Euro 2012 and then had to watch an out-of-condition player labour through England's remaining two matches, is suddenly an excited man.

Not, it should be said, because of a 5-0 win over San Marino and not because the two goals from Rooney took him to fifth on England's all-time scoring list, overtaking Nat Lofthouse, Tom Finney and Alan Shearer.

It is more the leaner, sharper, in-form Rooney that has galvanised the England coaching team this week.

Eagle eye: Roy Hodgson during England training

Eagle eye: Roy Hodgson during England training

'Wayne does take playing for England unbelievably seriously and the good thing for us is that I think that today I'm seeing the best of Wayne Rooney,' said Hodgson after the San Marino match, which was effectively a glorified training exercise.

'In the earlier games that he could play for me, perhaps he wasn't at his best. I have to hope now he stays at his best, stays fit and healthy and continues to do what he's doing for Manchester United. That means he'll do it for us as well.'

A true test comes in Warsaw's national stadium on Tuesday.

Against a rapidly improving and highly rated Poland team, Rooney and his team-mates will encounter a genuine match and a passionate crowd to boot: just the sort of occasion that has seen Rooney lash out while playing for England in Gelsenkirchen and Podgorica.

Though Steven Gerrard will return to the captain's role against Poland, it is clear Hodgson views Rooney as a potential leader of this team.

Asked whether Rooney would be a future captain, Hodgson said: 'Yes. He was my vice-captain at the Euros, at least from the moment he could play. Frank Lampard has come back in and he's actually captained the team but I always had in my mind that Wayne would be the vice-captain. It's something he's proud of and something he wants to do.'

Given the captaincy politics that bedevilled Capello's reign and led to his downfall, Hodgson was reluctant to elevate the vice-captain's role to a quasi-official status.

'Do you appoint a vice-captain' asked Hodgson. 'Vice-captain is quite often the person for the job when the captain can't be there. Certainly, Wayne was always going to be a major contender for that. When Frank Lampard comes back, I suppose I've got a decision to make.'

Whatever Rooney's role, it is time for him to deliver for England. It is not that he never plays well for them: his performances in Switzerland and Bulgaria in the last qualifying campaign were excellent. It is just those highlights are few and far between and counterbalanced by his major tournament contributions which, since Euro 2004, have ranged from poor to dismal.

Galvanising: Wayne Rooney is back in form

Galvanising: Wayne Rooney is back in form

Add in the indiscipline that has seen him sent off at crucial junctures and he has hardly covered himself in glory in his 77 international caps.

Hodgson, though, is optimistic. 'I don't think he was as sharp in the Euros and playing as well then as he is now, and I think he would be the first to say that. But, all the time I've been with him, in terms of his commitment and his desire and wanting to do the job, he's every bit the same man today as he was then. So I'm only really prepared to judge him on that.

'I'm not nave. I do know what's happened in the past but I prefer personally not to think too much about that and judge him and our relationship since then, [rather] than back over four or five years.'

And even if much does depend on Rooney, Eriksson's reign and the endless waiting for Rooney to become fit for the 2006 World Cup illustrated the folly of over-reliance on one individual.

England need to improve all round if they wish to become a respected contender for tournaments.

Skills: England's younger generation can pass the ball

Skills: England's younger generation can pass the ball

On Friday night, Hodgson praised Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley for their passing aptitude at the base of midfield against San Marino.

He is also encouraged by the plethora of young full-backs bursting through, even if Kyle Walker, by his own admission, did not seize his chance on Friday. Rooney will be enthused by the craft of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the skill that Danny Welbeck can provide up front.

Whatever the standard of opposition, the flick of the backheel from behind to score is a superb piece of technique and becoming a Welbeck trademark.

'One thing for sure, we have a national
team at the moment that can pass the ball,' said Hodgson. 'And we have a
national team with a lot of players who have pace. I think if you're
looking at the top teams and looking ahead it's important we continue
down that route.

'I'm also encouraged by the fact that when I go to watch games I see players like the two full-backs at Arsenal [Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs] doing extremely well. I see Jack Wilshere back now playing some fooball. I hear Chris Smalling's back in training I hear that Phil Jones is not too far away. I think there are a few reasons to look optimistically to the future.'

And Hodgson is right that some progress has been made in recent months and young players are beginning to emerge. But England still look a long way from a genuinely threatening national team.

For now, there is Warsaw and Poland to negotiate, an opponent quite capable of trampling any green shoots of recovery.

Roy Hodgson must be like Fabio Capello as England play Moldova: Martin Samuel

No mess, no fuss, be just like Capello



22:19 GMT, 6 September 2012

Diamond lights. It wasn’t just Glenn Hoddle who got a kick out of them. For the last 20 years or so, the majority of England managers — with a discreet veil drawn over Steve McClaren — have relished visits to iconic ex-Soviet or East European stadiums, like the Zimbru in Chisinau, capital of Moldova.

Give them floodlights, a night game, a running track, a giant radio mast and a noisy main stand populated by large swathes of soldiers and, strangely, English players feel right at home.

This is the tradition Roy Hodgson must maintain, as he begins a campaign he hopes will end in Brazil in 2014. He needs to recreate the no mess, no fuss qualifier of the Fabio Capello or Sven Goran Eriksson eras. England’s foreign coaches were masters of the unfamiliar. Belarus, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, get the job done, grab the first flight out in the dead of night, don’t look back. Capello even returned to Croatia, graveyard of McClaren’s dreams, and took the hosts apart.

Job done: Fabio Capelllo congratulates Theo Walcott after England's 4-1 victory in Zagreb

Job done: Fabio Capelllo congratulates Theo Walcott after England's 4-1 victory in Zagreb

Hoddle is the only England manager to visit this specific region, however. His first game as England manager was in Moldova in 1996, a comfortable 3-0 win made noteworthy by the debut of David Beckham.

Hoddle knew his way around the outer reaches of a World Cup qualifying campaign, too. He won in Georgia and Poland on his way to topping Italy’s group in 1997.

‘When you come to places like this, it’s horses for courses,’ Hoddle once said in the Georgian capital Tblisi, justifying a conservative team selection. ‘No, mate,’ said the gentleman from The Guardian. ‘When you come to places like this, it’s horses for main courses.’

Up and running: Nick Barmby hits the first goal of the Glenn Hoddle era against Moldova

Up and running: Nick Barmby hits the first goal of the Glenn Hoddle era against Moldova

Things have certainly changed in Moldova in 16 years, but the grim realities remain.

The Soviets left this country dirt poor when they pulled out in 1989 and Moldova is still the most impoverished nation in Europe. In sporting terms, it represents the classic awkward away trip. A long flight, an inconsistent pitch and unfamiliar opposition. The only players in the home squad who turn out in leagues beyond the former Russian republics or the Soviet bloc play in Israel and Denmark.

Hodgson has not seen Moldova live but
has studied footage and sent his scout John Marshall, ex-Fulham and a
long-standing FA employee, to watch their friendly against Albania,
which ended 0-0.

Foreign field: The England squad assemble on the Chisinau pitch

Foreign field: The England squad assemble on the Chisinau pitch

England should win comfortably. Even so, Hodgson was loath to presume too much on the eve of the game. It is less than a year since a single Klaas-Jan Huntelaar goal was all that separated Moldova from Holland in Rotterdam. England will expect more, as ever, but Hodgson would probably buy that result now.

The comedian Tony Hawks, watching England beat Moldova 4-0 in 1997, bet his friend Arthur Smith he could beat the entire Moldovan team individually at tennis. He wrote a book about his efforts to track them down and prove this. Hodgson is not quite as adrift in the unknown but nor was he entirely convincing in his knowledge.

‘The danger is that we assume and make judgments on how Moldova will play without seeing them,’ he said. ‘This is another campaign and they may use different players with a new coach. We think we know as much as you’re likely to gather from studying. We know the individuals and the type of player they have, but it’s still work from video. For me, video never compares to what you see yourself. It never gives me the same satisfaction as sitting in the stand. And that I haven’t done.’

Solid start: Roy Hodgson's England must get their World Cup qualifying campaign off on a positive note

Solid start: Roy Hodgson's England must get their World Cup qualifying campaign off on a positive note

Hodgson talked about playing the right way, in other words the winning way. So why did Capello and Eriksson have such success in qualifying matches

Both men identified a clear shape and method and left the players in no doubt of it. This enabled England to adopt a default and resilient winning position in cities as diverse as Minsk and Baku. Clearly, the opposition are inferior here, too. Moldova’s only recent victory of note came against San Marino. It is more the location that leads to uncertainty and it is for Hodgson to demonstrate he is capable of matching Capello’s clarity.

‘We will play a type of football that suits our players,’ said Hodgson. ‘We don’t have a conventional centre forward, so we have to play to our strengths: play to people’s feet, not resort to long-ball tactics. But, if the pitch isn’t particularly good and they pressurise, it might make that type of game difficult.’

It could be a long, hard winter for Hodgson if England shrink under the lights at the Zimbru.

Wayne Rooney marks ten years in football

Wayne's world! Rooney marks 10 years of screamers and silverware at the very top of the game



17:41 GMT, 20 August 2012

'Instant control. Fancies his chances. Oh, brilliant goal! Remember the name, Wayne Rooney!'

Clive Tyldesley's excited words provided the perfect accompaniment to Wayne Rooney's breakthrough goal in the Premier League. Well, we did remember the name. How could we forget

It is nearly 10 years since that screamer against Arsenal set Rooney on his way to the top of the English game and on Monday he returns to Goodison Park with Manchester United on the 10th anniversary of his league debut.

Since the goal that launched his career, Rooney has celebrated scoring another 227 times – he has 199 goals for Everton and United, and 29 for England.

There hasn't been a season since without a Rooney purple patch or at least a Rooney goal-of-the-season contender. Here, Sportsmail picks out a great moment from each of the last 10 seasons.

2002-2003: Remember the name!

Rooney announced himself on to the biggest stage with this famous last-minute strike against Arsenal, which ended the Gunners' lengthy unbeaten run and made him the youngest Premier League goalscorer.

Aged just 16, it came two months after his senior debut in a 2-2 draw with Tottenham and dynamited any efforts by Everton to keep their precocious talent under wraps. The secret was out and a star was born.

2003-2004: England's great hope

It didn't take long for England to come calling for Rooney and Sven Goran Eriksson handed him the first of 75 caps so far in a friendly defeat to Australia in February 2003.

This clip shows a baby-faced Rooney in one of his first England appearances against Denmark at Old Trafford, outsprinting the defence to reach a loose ball and lashing it into the roof of the net.

With England's biggest clubs chasing his signature, it would be Rooney's last season at Everton. He scored nine goals in 2003-2004, including this one against Leicester City with a brilliant drop of the shoulder.

2004-2005: Manchester Magician

In the summer of 2004, Rooney turned down a new three-year, 12,000-a-week contract with Everton and Manchester United stepped in. Rooney, 18, was on his way to Old Trafford for 25.6m, the highest fee paid for a player under 20.

He had the debut of his dreams, scoring a hat-trick in a Champions League tie with Fenerbahce at Old Trafford.

United endured a poor season, finishing third in the league – their lowest ever Premier League finish – and were dumped out of Europe by AC Milan.

But Rooney's goals offered optimism for the future, notably this spectacular first-time volley in a 2-1 home win over Newcastle.

2005-2006: Season of frustration

Rooney finished 2004-2005 as the PFA Young Player of the Year, but the following year was largely one of disappointment as United remained a team in transition.

He won his first trophy – the League Cup – after scoring twice in a 4-0 win over Wigan, but United were a long way short of Chelsea in the league and crashed out of Europe in the group stages.

But despite a broken metatarsal which curtailed his season, Rooney managed an impressive 16 goals, including this example of his excellent touch and powerful shot against Arsenal.

2006-2007: League champion

United bounced back the following season, with Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo providing the spark in another great Alex Ferguson side.

He scored 14 league goals and was rewarded with a winner's medal as United ended Chelsea's brief spell of dominance.

They were also a force in Europe, but were destined to fall just short. Rooney's two goals in the first leg of the semi-final with Milan gave United a narrow 3-2 advantage, only for the Italians to walk the second leg 3-0.

His winner in the first game is a treat, beating the goalkeeper at the near post with an unstoppable low drive.

2007-2008: Best in all Europe

United dominated at home and abroad, with the partnership between Rooney and Ronaldo flourishing with each and every game.

Rooney finished the season with 18 goals, 12 of them in the league and two of them in this away game at Newcastle which shows the pair at their very best.

First, Ronaldo crosses from the left for Rooney to convert at the back post and in the second half, Rooney curls in an immaculate goal from the edge of the box.

2008-2009: Twenty goal man

United again romped to the Premier League title in 2009, their third in a row, but a second consecutive European success eluded them as Barcelona won the Champions League final in Rome.

Rooney hit 20 goals across all competitions, including 12 in the league once more.

Naturally, they came at vital times, such as in this comeback win against Spurs at Old Trafford in late April. In an exhibition of his all-round talents, Rooney scored twice, set up two more and helped win a penalty.

2009-2010: The menace of Milan

This campaign was Rooney's best yet – he scored 34 goals in all competitions, including 26 in the league and five in Europe – though United would end up with just the League Cup.

He was at his brilliant best in United's demolition of AC Milan in the Champions League second round. In the San Siro, he scored two brilliantly-placed headers as United won 3-2.

Another two followed to settle the tie at Old Trafford in a 4-0 rout – a header and a great finish in a one-on-one.

He also scored in the Allianz Arena against Bayern Munich in the next round but an ankle injury ruined his – and United's – hopes of silverware.

2010-2011: Ups and downs

Rooney returned to action after a poor World Cup with England and stunned the football world in October by saying he wanted to leave United.

After a lot of negotiation and compromise, the club persuaded him to sign a new five-year contract on significantly better terms.

His future assured, Rooney finally settled into the season – his goals guiding United to a 19th title and the European Cup final, where they were again second best to Barcelona.

Arguably the greatest Rooney moment came with a bicycle kick against Manchester City, a moment played over and over again.

2011-2012: Peak of his powers

Rooney started the season as he meant to go on, with a goal on the opening day. It was the first of 27 in the Premier League and 35 in all as he discovered some of the finest form of his career.

In a blistering start to the season, United were goal crazy and Rooney was exceptional in the 8-2 win against Arsenal, scoring two free-kicks and a penalty.

But the season didn't go all his own way – United failed to win a trophy and went through the trauma of City snatching the title with the last kick of the season.

Euro 2012 Steven Gerrard tells England to seize the moment and end quarter-final hoodoo

Carpe diem: Gerrard tells England to seize the moment and end quarter-final hoodoo



17:30 GMT, 23 June 2012

Skipper Steven Gerrard has urged his England team-mates to 'seize the moment' and end their quarter-final hoodoo when they take on Italy in the Euro 2012 clash in Kiev.

England have a history of slipping up at the last-eight stage of competitions – something which occurred three times during Sven-Goran Eriksson's reign as manager.

Is that the way to the semis Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart look relaxed in Kiev

Is that the way to the semis Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart look relaxed in Kiev

But Gerrard is confident England can progress to their first semi-final since Euro 96, provided they do everything they can against the Azzurri.

The Liverpool midfielder said: 'In previous tournaments we just haven't shown what we are capable of. But our performances are getting stronger in this competition.

Soaking up the atmosphere: England players familiarise themselves with the Olympic Stadium

Soaking up the atmosphere: England players familiarise themselves with the Olympic Stadium

'That is what gives me the belief and confidence that we can end this hoodoo that people talk about.

'I get told that not many of the
current players have figured in quarter-finals, but they are all
big-game players and are aware of what is required.

Relaxed: Robert Green, Andy Carroll, Glen Johnson and Joleon Lescott share a moment

Relaxed: Robert Green, Andy Carroll, Glen Johnson and Joleon Lescott share a moment

is important they seize the moment, seize the opportunity, because from
experience, I know they don`t come around very often.

'It is important nobody leaves anything out on the pitch and show the critics we are good enough to compete at this level.'

Time for action: Roy Hodgson and Gerrard in Kiev

Time for action: Roy Hodgson and Gerrard in Kiev

Gerrard knows that England will have to contain Mario Balotelli if he is recalled to the starting line-up by the Italians.

The controversial Manchester City man
scored off the bench against the Republic of Ireland on Monday, and is
rarely far from the action.

Dangerman: Mario Balotelli

Dangerman: Mario Balotelli

said: 'We all know about Mario, we watch him week in and week out in
the Premier League. He`s an excellent and dangerous player.

'He is someone we will have to take extra care of if he is chosen, and we will have to try and contain him tomorrow night.'

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