Rooney: Everything you need to know about the new Prime Video documentary

With unprecedented access to the Everton and Manchester United legend, Rooney recounts the major moments in the life of one of England's greatest and most talked about footballers.

By James Descombes Published: 27 January 2022 - 10.19am
Getty Wayne Rooney celebrating a goal for Manchester United

Wayne Rooney burst on to the scene in 2002 when, five days before his 17th birthday, he curled in a last-minute winner for Everton at home to Arsenal to end the Gunners' 30-match unbeaten run.

From that moment he became the hottest young talent in the Premier League and the subject of much press attention that only increased when he moved to Manchester United at just 18 years old.

Rooney gives a first-hand account of what it was like going from a talented teenager to having the world at your feet at such a young age. It tells of the professional triumphs and personal struggles, while shining a light on the pressures that come with representing your country at the highest level under the media’s gaze. 

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When can I watch Rooney?

Rooney is available to stream on Prime Video from Friday, 11 February. 

Is there a trailer for Rooney?

What to expect from the Rooney documentary

Rooney charts the rise of Wayne Rooney, as told by the man himself. It follows his story from a teenage talent playing football on the streets of Croxteth in Liverpool to his rise through the ranks at Everton and onto his big-money move to Manchester United.

It looks at how he became an England sensation with the weight of the world on his shoulders, as he carried the hopes of a nation into World Cups and European Championships – ultimately retiring from international football as the Three Lions' most prolific goalscorer.

But Rooney isn’t just focused on the football. The documentary also examines his personal life and the struggles he endured as part of one of Britain’s most high-profile celebrity couples alongside teenage sweetheart and wife Coleen.

The documentary speaks to those closest to Wayne, as well as ex-teammates, rivals and managers such as David Beckham, Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Thierry Henry, David Moyes and Sven-Goran Eriksson.

The documentary is directed by Matt Smith, who won the 2018 BAFTA Award for Best Single Documentary for Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad. 

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Who did Wayne Rooney play for?

Wayne Rooney played for Everton (2002-2004, 2017-18), Manchester United (2004-2017), D.C. United (2018-2019) and Derby County (2019-2021).

He’s currently the manager of Derby County. 

What did Wayne Rooney win during his career?

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - MAY 24: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United lifts The Europa League trophy after the UEFA Europa League Final between Ajax and Manchester United at Friends Arena on May 24, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden.  (Photo by Simon Hofmann - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images) 2017 UEFA

During his career, Rooney won 16 major trophies - all with Manchester United:

5x Premier League titles

1x FA Cup

3x League Cup

4x FA Community Shield

1x UEFA Champions League

1x UEFA Europa League

1x FIFA Club World Cup 

He was also recognised by fellow players and the football press four times:

PFA’s Players’ Player of the Year once (2009-10)

PFA Young Player of the Year (2004-2005, 2005-06) 

Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year (2009-10)

Rooney ended his career as the highest ever goalscorer for Manchester United, with 253 goals, and for England, with 53 goals.

He is also England’s most capped outfield player with 120 appearances, and captained his country 23 times.