‘Gosh! How old is he?’ – Henry recalls his first meeting with 16-year-old Rooney before the iconic Man Utd goal against Arsenal

THIERRY HENRY reveals how Wayne Rooney took your breath away when you first saw him – and then dealt Arsenal a stunning blow.

Henry be part of the defending champion Archer who arrived at Goodison Park in October 2002, undefeated in 30 games.

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Wayne Rooney scores a stunning goal against Arsenal at the age of 16 that amazes Thierry Henry[/caption]

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Thierry Henry couldn’t believe Wayne Rooney was only 16 when he faced Arsenal in 2002[/caption]

But RooneyThe first stunning Prem shot of David Seaman, a 30-meter runner over David Seaman, announced him in a glorious fashion.

Henry said: “We heard there was this kid here Everton who will score goals and has the body of a man.

“But when I saw him it was ‘Whoa! How old is he? 16? ”

“You looked at his body and you could see the strength just seeing him walk.

“You know he wants to succeed, he wants to destroy everything in front of him.”

“It was my last game when I was 16 years old,” Rooney recalls. I beat myself to it because I thought I wanted to score when I was 16.


“They are the best team in the league, 30 games unbeaten, [Patrick] Vieira, Sol Campbell, Henry.

“I was in awe, thinking ‘there’s David Seaman; there are all these players that I’ve watched for years’.

“I didn’t realize how big they were all. They are very large. And I thought ‘f*** me, these are absolutely huge!’

“You always look at the clock and then I got on the pitch.

Wayne Rooney’s playing career

Wayne Rooney has retired from playing after 19 years of illustrious career.

Game Goals

Everton (2002-04) 77 17

Man Utd (2004-17) 559 253

Everton (2017-18) 40 11

DC United (2018-20) 52 25

Derby (2020) 35 7

TOTAL 763 313


England (2003-18) 120 53

“I remember thinking, ‘If given the chance, I’ll shoot; I will shoot from anywhere if given the chance’.

“Then I remember Campbell stepping back and my eyes opening, thinking, ‘This is my chance.

“It has to be perfect for it to come in.”

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