At 18, Wayne Rooney was a freak. The original generational talent who performed incredibly at Euro 2004 - with his individual highlights making for sensational viewing.
Rooney starred for England during the summer of 2004, helping his side reach the quarter-finals before picking up an untimely injury.
Even at such a tender age, the phenom forward was irreplaceable and he proved that with his performances against France, Switzerland and Croatia.
He bagged four goals in the group stage round including a stunning 'Man of the Match' display versus Croatia.
Ahead of the Three Lions renewing hostilities with Croatia in this summer's Euro 2020, a fan has uploaded a compilation of Rooney tearing it up in Portugal.
Twitter user @Hxnz99 shared the clip, accompanied with the caption: "18-year-old Wayne Rooney at EURO 2004, taking the mick out of Pires, Zidane and others alike. Sit back and enjoy genius."
18-year-old Wayne Rooney at EURO 2004, taking the mick out of Pires, Zidane and others alike.- Big H. (@Hxnz99) May 27, 2021
Sit back and enjoy genius. pic.twitter.com/3ZCx7jecym
Rooney - Euro 2004:- Big H. (@Hxnz99) May 27, 2021
- 4 games.
- 4 goals.
- 1 assist.
- 1.8 G/A per 90.
- 2nd highest scorer.
- 3 straight MOTM displays.
- MOTM v France, Swiss, Croatia.
- 1 major injury 20min into the QF v Portugal. England were 1-0 until he got taken off for the injury.
If only... pic.twitter.com/0Cy0JhAqt9
Football fans couldn't get enough of Rooney's showing at Euro 2004.
One wrote: "People forget the young Rooney as per early gazza. Foden is the same breed."
To which someone replied: "Foden, same breed as Wazza? Not a chance mate."
A third tweeted: "The best pure talent England has produced since Gazza. You cannot teach ability like this. You either have it or you don't."
A fourth commented: "Unbelievable talent and still a Everton player at the time was at the Croatia and Portugal game in which he got injured, would have won tournament if he never got injured."
Another wrote: "Holy shit. He was a freak. 18 and he just looks like a man who's been playing for years at that level. Scary how good he was."
Wayne Rooney. What a player.
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