Hype over Rooney continues

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

The accolades don't come much higher for England's 18-year-old sensation Wayne Rooney.

Hype over Rooney continues
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Lisbon:

The accolades don't come much higher for England's 18-year-old sensation Wayne Rooney. Rooney scored two goals and set up a third as England beat Croatia 4-2 yesterday to reach the quarterfinals of the European Championship. It was his second double and his second man-of-the-match performance after a standout showing in England's 3-0 win over Switzerland last Thursday. England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said he didn't think any other young player had made such an international impact since Pele at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden. Aged 17, Pele scored twice in Brazil's 5-2 win over Sweden in the final. "There was Pele in 1958 in Sweden but I don't remember anybody at 18-years-old since then," Eriksson said. "I doubt it very much. But he is not a (potential) talent anymore, he is ready." "He drops into midfield and can take (the ball) and hold it. He can turn with it. When we have problems he drops into midfield. I don't need to tell him how to score goals. It is better I don't say anything, his vision is incredible, he's ready for anything." Rooney is now the top scorer at Euro 2004 with four goals. He was substituted on 71 minutes to deafening chants of his name to make sure he was available for Thursday's quarterfinal against Portugal after picking up a yellow card against Switzerland. (AP)

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