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Last Updated: Sunday, 24 April, 2005, 22:47 GMT 23:47 UK
Rooney secures young player prize
Wayne Rooney
Manchester United's teenage striker Wayne Rooney has capped a fine first season for the club by winning the Young Player of the Year award.

The 19-year-old, who joined United in a 27m move from Everton, received the award on the same day he fired a stunning equaliser against Newcastle.

It was his 15th goal in all competitions so far this season.

Jermain Defoe, Arjen Robben, Cristiano Ronaldo, Stewart Downing and Shaun Wright-Phillips were also nominated.

"Obviously for any footballer to receive any award is a great achievement, and especially so when it is one voted for by all your fellow professionals," said Rooney, who was receiving the award for the first time.

"As a footballer, you are always looking to improve and learn from the people around you.

"If I keep learning and keep my feet on the ground, then hopefully I can start winning more trophies."





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