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Last Updated: Saturday, 24 May, 2003, 14:23 GMT 15:23 UK
Mum rules Wayne's world
Everton striker Wayne Rooney
Rooney is Everton through and through
Everton striker Wayne Rooney admits the person who scares him most is not Toffees boss David Moyes or England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson - but his mum Jeanette.

The Toffees' wonderkid striker chose the club's official website as the venue for his first interview.

Everton boss Davis Moyes has carefully protected the young prodigy from media exposure.

And his first interview was a sanitised response to a carefully vetted set of questions.

But it still gave an insight into the young striker who became the youngest ever Premiership scorer, and the youngest player to win a full England cap.

I wanted to play for Everton so badly that I just used to play football in the street all the time
Wayne Rooney

When asked who he was more afraid of getting into trouble with, Rooney pointed the finger at his dinner-lady mother.

He said: "I am more afraid of my mum because if I take a step out of line, she is right there to give me a slap."

Rooney comes from a staunch Evertonian family and says that playing in a Merseyside derby was the fulfillment of a dream.

The teenage hot-shot had once been an Everton matchday mascot and said: "When I was mascot I wanted to play for Everton so badly that I just used to play football in the street all the time, re-living all the games.

Everton boss David Moyes
David Moyes - not as scary as Wayne's mum

"My first derby match as a player was at Anfield and I was getting a fair bit of stick that day.

"All I could think about on the bench was coming on and scoring so I could wind their fans up."

Rooney names Sol Campbell as the toughest opponent he has faced in his brief top-flight career.

He said: "I admire Sol Campbell. He is a big, strong player who reads the game well, although I have scored two goals against him!

"He is definitely the toughest, although there are a number of great defenders playing in the Premiership who make life difficult for strikers."

I think that my ideal England strike partner would be Alan Shearer
Wayne Rooney

Rooney also mapped out his future at Goodison Park.

He said: "My dream is to continue playing for, and one day captaining an Everton side that is challenging for honours, as well as being the number one striker for England.

"I need to be progessing at club level to continue to be selected for my country.

"I think that my ideal England strike partner would be Alan Shearer.

"I used to watch him when I was a kid and I tried to model myself around him.

"But I would have to say I would be happy to play for England alongside any player."


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