Celebrated England, Manchester United and now Derby County footballer Wayne Rooney is set to appear in a rare TV interview on Back of the Net, which airs tonight (December 2nd) on Prime Video.
The footballer joins hosts Peter Crouch, Gabby Logan and John Bishop to discuss breaking records, borrowing money from Gazza, his favourite films, plus his predictions for Wednesday’s Merseyside Derby.
Talking of being a confident young player in the Premier League at just 16, Rooney, who took his place in the Derby Country dugout for the first time this weekend, reveals: “I’ve always been confident. The minute I got into Everton’s first team I knew I was the best player. That’s not me being cocky. We just had a very bad team at the time!”
Following an occasion when Paul Gascoigne visited the team in the dressing room, he recalls: “I remember Gazza coming to see us in the changing room and asking ‘Is anyone going out tonight? I’ll give you a bit of money’. Me being confident I say ‘yes’, and Gazza came up to me and gave me £40. It was only a few years ago when I saw him again, he asked for his £40 back…!”
Despite breaking multiple records through his illustrious career, Rooney isn’t motivated by them, adding: “I’m sick of getting records. I got [youngest player to score at the Euro’s in 2004], and it was broken 4 days later. I was the youngest player to score in the Premier League, then James Milner broke it about a month later. I just set the bar and then people come and take them.”
Asked what Wayne was like to have around when playing for England, Peter Crouch notes that he “was just bubbly all the time. There was no chill, whatsoever. He always had a film on or something.”
Wayne Rooney’s legendary bicycle kick goal for Manchester United against Manchester City has also been brought to life on The Thames using London’s famous Tower Bridge as a giant goal. The dramatic recreation marks a national poll to decide the best ever Premier League goal, celebrating the kick off of Premier League football on Amazon Prime Video this week.
The athletic strike scored in February 2011 was named the best Premier League goal of all time in a comprehensive Amazon poll of British football fans, ahead of Prime Video’s live and exclusive broadcast of twenty Premier League matches this December, with the first games kicking on tomorrow night. The goal, which pipped world class strikes by David Beckham and Dennis Bergkamp into top spot, was brought to life in a spectacular sculpture, with Rooney and keeper Joe Hart each standing 12ft tall on a 5,000 square foot segment of pitch and the iconic landmark Tower Bridge standing in for the Old Trafford goal, the size of 140 standard football goals.