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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 June, 2004, 15:46 GMT 16:46 UK
Serena falls for Rooney
By Caroline Cheese
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Wayne Rooney (left) and Serena Williams
Everton have a new, and rather unlikely, celebrity fan in reigning Wimbledon champion Serena Williams.

After a crushing first-round win on Tuesday, the American was delighted to share her views on England's 4-2 win over Croatia at Euro 2004 the previous night.

She described herself as "an amazing English fan" before joining the Wayne Rooney bandwagon - describing him as a "sweetie".

And when asked which club she supported, she replied: "Whichever team Rooney plays for."

But before she heads to Goodison Park next season to cheer on her new team, she might be advised to work on her football chat.

Here are her thoughts on the England-Croatia game:

"I saw England were one-love down and I was really nervous but when they made a goal, I was like 'yes'," she said.

"I was watching it in my house and I was screaming, thinking 'why am I screaming so hard?'

"I can't believe I'm talking the lingo now," she added.

Perhaps not yet, but she has picked on a common theme in the beautiful game.

"I just know that everyone falls down," she said.

"It doesn't seem like they're really hurt though. It's like he fell because of a gust of wind when the guy passed him by."

"I know I'm trying to be an actor - but these guys are doing a marvellous job."

Asked if she was sure of the rules of the game, she said: "I know when you hit the goal you score points."

Interview: Serena Williams talks about Wayne Rooney

Highlights: Wimbledon day two

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