Everton forward Wayne Rooney has been named as an honorary ambassador for next month’s UEFA U17 European Championship.
England’s record goalscorer and most-capped outfield player will be in attendance at St George's Park National Football Centre in Burton this Thursday 5 April where he will conduct the finals draw alongside John Delaney, Chairman of the UEFA Youth & Amateur Football Committee.
The 2018 edition of the tournament, running from 4-20 May, is being held in England for the first time.
Rooney is no stranger to U17 Euro, having burst on to the international stage as the tournament's inaugural Golden Player during the Young Lions' third-place finish in 2002 in Denmark – months before the Blues Academy graduate made his first-team debut for his boyhood club.
Everton’s leading scorer this season said: "I am extremely proud to become a UEFA tournament ambassador for U17 Euro. I was honoured to be asked to conduct the finals draw at St George's Park and support the tournament.
"It is the first opportunity for the continent's young players to showcase their talents competitively on the international stage. I have great memories of playing in Denmark all those years ago, so I know it's a fantastic chance for any young player to represent their country and compete against the best in Europe.”
St George's Park, Chesterfield, Burton Albion, Walsall, Rotherham United and Loughborough University will be host venues for the tournament and Rooney is wishing the Young Lions all the best.
He said: "I never had the opportunity to compete in a home tournament for my country, so this could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these lads. Hopefully they can continue the recent success of England’s development teams."
Cristiano Ronaldo, Eden Hazard, Paul Pogba and Mario Gotze are just some of the other stars to have graced previous editions of U17 Euro. With tickets starting from just £2 for children and £4 for adults, fans of all ages can watch Europe's future stars on their doorstep at affordable prices.
See the stars of tomorrow in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship, 4-20 May 2018. Visit www.TheFA.com/U17Euro for tickets and further information.