Rooney In The Programme

A feature interview with Wayne Rooney features in another jam-packed edition of the matchday programme.

The Blues host Arsenal at Goodison Park in a 1:30pm kick-off on Sunday as attentions switch back to the Premier League.

England’s all-time leading goalscorer Rooney reflects on his first senior goal for the Blues - against Sunday’s opponents - 15 years on from the event.

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After becoming the Premier League’s youngest ever goalscorer five days before his 17th birthday, Rooney discusses celebrating with a kick-about on the streets near his family home with some friends.

Joining Rooney in the matchday read is former Ajax captain Davy Klaassen, who talks about the challenges of adapting to English football and the help of boyhood hero, Dennis Bergkamp, who took a while to get used to the demands of the Premier League after moving to Arsenal from Inter Milan in 1995.

As normal, manager Ronald Koeman and captain Phil Jagielka also give their thoughts from the dugout and the dressing room respectively.

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Nikola Vlasic is the subject of our ‘If I…’ feature, with the Croatia Under-21 international revealing what other sportsman he’d like to be for a day, what one rule in football he’d change, what one day he’d live again and his most embarrassing moment amongst other things.

Meanwhile, Seamus Coleman takes on ‘My First…’, discussing his first shirt swap, first roommate as a footballer and first extra-memorable Christmas present.

Retired forward Danny Cadamarteri also discusses a goal against the Gunners, this time in 1997, when he and fellow 17-year-old Academy graduate Michael Ball scored in a 2-2 draw.

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Four-time Premier League winner Lee Dixon provides a view from the opposition, with the former full-back analysing where the game could be won and lost and offering his prediction.

For all this and much more, pick up a matchday programme, priced at £3.50, around the ground before the game. Alternatively, you can purchase a digital version or a subscription here.

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