Everton boss David Moyes hails Manchester United's Wayne Rooney as rare talent
David Moyes has paid tribute to Wayne Rooney on the 10th anniversary of the striker's first Premier League goal.
Last Updated: 19/10/12 5:27pm
It remains one of the league's most famous strikes as the then 16-year-old turned and drove the ball beyond David Seaman to end Arsenal's 30-match unbeaten run and announce himself at the highest level.
Rooney scored another 16 times for the Toffees in 77 games before moving to Manchester United in August 2004 for £20million.
Reflecting on the striker's time at Goodison Park, Moyes said: "We knew what we had at the club. I got told about him as soon as I came in the door.
"He was everything we hoped. He was a man when he was very young. He had the ability and the talent but also a desire to play football.
"Wayne could have been a goalie, he could have been a right-back, a centre-half, he could play any position because it was his love for football which I think was one of the biggest factors.
"He didn't need coaching because when he came in he could play with good players, he adapted to what he had to do.
"I think you come across these players very rarely. England have had some great players over the years but I don't think you get batches and batches of them, and Wayne is one of them."
Rooney has had plenty of disciplinary problems - his first red card followed soon after his first goal - and Moyes described his former charge as a street footballer.
The Everton manager said: "All he wanted to do was get the ball. There was none of this warming up and making sure you're all stretched, not with Wayne, it was a case of, 'I'm on the street and I'm going to go and kick the ball and do what I do'.
"It was a throwback to the way I felt I was brought up. Wayne was a street player and he showed that when he came out onto the training ground as a professional. He was a joy to have around - he was hard work at times but he was a great player."