Leeds boy wonder knocks him out of record books

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Way back on 19 October, when Wayne Rooney lifted his 25-yard shot over the head of Arsenal's goalkeeper David Seaman, the young Everton striker (then aged 16 years and 361 days) must have thought his newly secured status as the youngest goalscorer in Premiership history would be safe for some time.

Rooney's record has in fact lasted just 68 days. The accolade now belongs to the Leeds midfielder James Milner, who yesterday scored his side's equaliser against Sunderland at the tender age of 16 years and 357 days.

Both Milner and Rooney are some way off the English record for the youngest goalscorer in top-flight football. That honour belongs to Jason Dozzell, now with Canvey Island, who was 16 years and 57 days old when he scored for Ipswich against Coventry on 4 February 1984.