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Last Updated: Saturday, 6 September, 2003, 20:28 GMT 21:28 UK
Eriksson salutes Rooney
England celebrate Wayne Rooney's goal

Sven-Goran Eriksson led the tributes for Wayne Rooney after the 17-year-old became the youngest player to score for England in the 2-1 win in Macedonia.

Rooney scored from the edge of the box with a sweet strike to equalise for England eight minutes after the break to beat Michael Owen's record.

And England coach Eriksson praised the Everton striker and his team-mates for the way they battled back from being a goal behind in Skopje.

"The talent is there, the quality is there with Wayne," said Eriksson.

"Of course he has a lot to learn, but if things go to plan, he can go very, very far.

We thought that racist chanting had been cut out but it has started to creep back in certain countries
David Beckham

"Wayne can score goals, he is a very strong player, so congratulations to him for becoming the youngest ever England goalscorer.

"I'm very proud of all my players.

"Once again we showed that we can come back from 1-0 down away from home and I think we deserved to win," he added.

England captain David Beckham saluted Rooney's display but also condemned the racist chanting aimed at Emile Heskey from the Macedonian fans.

"Everyone knows what a great player Wayne is," Beckham told BBC Sport.

"He's a great lad with a great family and a great club behind him but we have always known the type of performance he is capable of producing.

"We thought that racist chanting had been cut out but it has started to creep back in certain countries.

"But we all knew it would happen because it happened at the Under-21 match, so we were well aware of it."

Defender Sol Campbell said he would like to see the authorities do something about the abuse that has marred several recent England trips abroad.

"It's a real shame that sometimes you go to these parts of the world and you get these chants," said Campbell.

"But you've got to be professional about it, block it out and just try and win the game, because we are only here to play a football match.

"It's up to the people on the other side of the pitch to sort it out now."






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