THIERRY HENRY revealed how Wayne Rooney took his breath away when he first caught sight of him – and then dealt Arsenal a stunning blow.
Henry was part of the defending champion Gunners who travelled up to Goodison Park in October 2002 unbeaten in 30 games.
Wayne Rooney scored a stunner against Arsenal aged 16 leaving Thierry Henry in awe[/caption]
Thierry Henry couldn’t believe Wayne Rooney was just 16 when he faced Arsenal in 2002[/caption]
But Rooney’s stunning first Prem strike, a 30-plus yarder past David Seaman, announced him in glorious fashion.
Henry said: “We’d heard there was this young kid at Everton who was going to score goals and had the body of a man.
“But when I saw him it was “Whoa! How old is he? 16?”
“You looked at his body and you could see the power just see him walking.
“You knew he wanted to succeed, he wanted to destroy everything that was in front of him.”
Rooney remembered: “That was my last game as a 16-year old. I was beating myself up over it thinking that I wanted to score as a 16-year old.
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“They were the best team in the league, 30-odd games unbeaten, [Patrick] Vieira, Sol Campbell, Henry.
“I was in awe, thinking ‘there’s David Seaman; there’s all these players I’ve watched for years’.
“I didn’t realise was how big they all were. They were massive. And I thought ‘f*** me, these absolutely huge!’
“You are always watching the clock and then I came on.
Wayne Rooney's playing career
Wayne Rooney has retired from playing after an illustrious 19-year career.
Everton (2002-04) 77 17
Man Utd (2004-17) 559 253
Everton (2017-18) 40 11
D.C United (2018-20) 52 25
Derby (2020) 35 7
TOTAL 763 313
England (2003-18) 120 53
“I remember thinking ‘If I get a chance I’m shooting; I’m shooting from anywhere if I get a chance’.
“Then I remember Campbell backing off and my eyes just opened up, thinking ‘This is my chance’.
“It had to be perfect for it to go in.”
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