Rooney came through the Everton ranks to become just about the hottest property in world football. A stunning goal against Arsenal at Goodison in October 2002 announced his arrival and he became England's youngest ever goalscorer later that season. In 2004 he joined Manchester United where he has won two Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a European Cup.
Osman really blossomed as a Premiership footballer during the 2005-06 season when his consistently good performances earned rave reviews. Injury as a youngster delayed his Everton debut until the end of the 2003-04 season but he is now an established member of the first-team and is a midfielder player with the proven touch of a goalscorer.
James Vaughan exploded onto the Premiership scene at the end of the 2004-05 season when he became the youngest goalscorer in the club's history. In netting against Crystal Palace he also became the youngest top-flight scorer of all time. James has also represented England at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level.
After making a debut substitute appearance against Chelsea in the FA Cup in January 2006, Anichebe opened his first-team account against West Brom on the final day of the season. A tall and powerful centre-forward, Anichebe staked his claim for a regular place in the first-team squad with four UEFA Cup goals during the 2007-08 campaign.
Jack Rodwell became the youngest ever Everton player to appear in Europe when he made his debut as a substitute against Alkmaar at the age of just 16 years and 284 days. In March 2008, he made his Premier League bow as a substitute at Sunderland before also featuring as a replacement in the final game of the season.