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Last Updated: Tuesday October 24 2006 13:36 GMT

In pictures: Wayne Rooney's 21 years!

Wayne Rooney was born on 24 October, 1985, in Croxteth, Liverpool.

It's 21 years since Wayne Rooney was born on 24 October, 1985, in Croxteth, Liverpool. He is one of the biggest names in football. We look back at the highs and lows of his career...

Wayne Rooney

Rooney started his football career at Everton, and made his debut for the side aged just 16 on 17 August, 2002. Here he is playing for the club. Oops, yellow card!

Wayne Rooney

He won the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year after playing in the Premiership for only five months!

Wayne Rooney

Rooney made his international debut in 2003 and made the squad for Euro 2004, but an injury against Portugal ended his tournament early. England were knocked out

Wayne Rooney

In 2006, Rooney moved from Everton to Manchester United. The transfer fee was worth around 30m!

Wayne Rooney

Rooney made his United debut a few weeks later - when he had recovered from his injury. He scored a hat-trick in a Champions League win against Fenerbahce

Coleen McLoughlin

Along with Rooney's rise to fame, his girlfriend (and later fiancee) Coleen McLoughlin has became front page news as one half of a mega-showbiz couple

Wayne Rooney

It took Rooney a while to win his first trophy - finally picking up a League Cup winners medal in February 2006. He was also man-of-the-match in a 4-0 win against Wigan

Wayne Rooney

In March 2006, he signed a huge book deal, starting with autobiography My Story So Far. Amazingly, he was still only 20 years old

Wayne Rooney

With the World Cup in Germany approaching, England supporters were really worried when Rooney broke his foot in a match just weeks before the tournament. Ouch!

Wayne Rooney

He recovered in time to play in the World Cup, but was never really fully fit and was sent off in the quarter-final against Portugal

Wayne Rooney

Here's Rooney back in action for Man United. Reports say he's expecting to sign a long-term contract with the club. Now, that's a present. Happy birthday, Wayne!