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Last Updated: Saturday, 5 April, 2003, 10:32 GMT 11:32 UK
Moyes: Rooney can get better
Everton striker Wayne Rooney
Rooney has bedazzled the nation
Everton manager David Moyes insists the nation has not seen the best of Wayne Rooney - yet.

The Goodison chief claims that 17-year-old Rooney can play even better than he did in his breathtaking full England debut against Turkey on Wednesday.

The Everton striker was the catalyst to England's stunning 2-0 win in the Euro 2004 qualifier, producing several moments of footballing brilliance.

But Moyes, who has been quick to play down the hype surrounding his young prodigy, predicts Rooney will be a more complete player at the age of 23 or 24.

"I was pleased for Wayne, and it has proved to be the right decision," said Moyes of Rooney's display against Turkey.

"He played a great game with lots of confidence, but I think he can play much better than that.

There are things I see him do every week for Everton which he did not do for England
Everton boss David Moyes

"He has played much better than that for Everton.

"There are things I see him do every week for Everton which he did not do for England.

"They are the things I will be working on to try to make him better.

"He's not a ready-made player. There will be a big difference between him at 23 and 24 than him at 17."

Moyes maintains that he will continue to treat Rooney, who is likely to start against Newcastle on Sunday, with kid gloves.

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But Moyes admits that he does not want the 17-year-old to miss out on the life of a teenager.

"I want people to know how difficult it is for the boy," Moyes added.

"We are all men, but we know the period between 17 and 20 is a difficult period for us all.

"We have to allow the boy to have his life. We cannot take his adolescence completely away from him.

"We cannot make Wayne's life unmanageable because then we probably won't get the best from him on the football field.

"At the moment, the way we have handled him has helped him to live his life off the field as close to normality as he can.

"I want him to do the things boys of his age normally do, it is just that he has a bigger responsibility."





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