Barkley has broken into the first-team this season and has been tipped for inclusion in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad after making his England debut in September
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Sunday 20 June 2004
Cometh the hour, cometh the man-child. Every time the England football team plays in a major tournament one player becomes the obsession of the fans. This time Wayne Rooney, an 18-year-old from Everton, is the one bearing the hopes of the nation on his laddish shoulders.
Tuesday 08 June 2004
There will be no more poignant - or alarming - headline in the build-up to Euro 2004 than the one that appeared above the name of Paul Gascoigne yesterday. "Why Rooney," it declared, "can be the new me." The impact of this statement was all the more terrifying because it touched on the darkest fears of anyone who has happened to notice the striking similarities between the two most precociously gifted English footballers of their generations.
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