Can you name the Everton XI from their 2-1 victory over Arsenal, 2002?
It’s been 20 years since Wayne Rooney announced himself with a dramatic late winner against champions Arsenal but he was only named on the Everton bench that afternoon. Can you name the Toffees’ starting XI from that famous Premier League encounter?
Rooney, just 16 at the time, well and truly burst onto the scene with a sensational goal to give his boyhood club a 2-1 victory over Arsene Wenger’s side.
Arsenal were unbeaten in their previous 30 matches but found themselves level against David Moyes’ Everton before Rooney came on as an 80th-minute substitute.
Ten minutes were all that Rooney needed to expertly bring the ball down, spin away from Lauren and curl a beautiful effort off the underside of David Seaman’s crossbar.
“Remember the name, Wayne Rooney!” bellowed commentator Clive Tyldesley as Rooney became the Premier League’s youngest goalscorer. The rest, as they say, was history.
“It’s a special goal and a special talent. The biggest English talent I’ve seen since I’ve been in England, by far,” Wenger said afterwards.
“He has everything that you can dream to have. Intelligent, quick reactions, good at running with the ball, moving forward quickly and of course, he is very accurate in front of goal.
“I hope he will not be injured now in the next two or three years and mentally he will be able to cope with what’s happening with him. He is a huge talent.”
But, as we mentioned, Rooney was only a sub that afternoon and we’re interested to find out whether you can remember the starting XI Moyes named for Everton’s victory. The score to beat from the Planet Football office is 03:18.
And if this gives you a taste for another quiz, have a go at naming the Everton XI from their 4-1 FA Cup semi-final win over Spurs in 1995.
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