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Wayne Rooney’s Street Striker


The first episode of Wayne Rooney’s Street Striker airs on Sunday, November 30th, 2008, at 7pm on Sky 1 HD (and regular old Sky 1 for the low resolution amongst you). I directed this series for my friends at Plum Pictures, and it’s great fun. There’s two more episodes to follow; same time and channel, December 7th and 14th.

Here’s some blurb:

Wayne Rooney’s powerhouse talents have amazed the country since he first graced a premiership pitch aged just sixteen. But long before he was signed up for an academy, he was crafting his own skills on the streets of Croxteth. His passion for street football inspired this unique competition; his search for the country’s best, young, all-round, raw street football talent. Hundreds of teenage street footballers entered.


The first round takes place in the shadow of a tower block in south Manchester, where the best 24 battle it out in extraordinary, urban, football challenges. Rooney may be a long way from the hallowed turf of Old Trafford, but he isn’t afraid to step up, unrehearsed, and very publically put his own talents to the test. In this round, Wayne – who, by his own, admission does not relish the role of judge – has to send half of them home quite literally on the spot.

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Coming home…

I’m lucky enough to have been to the “new-Wembley-Stadium” twice before last night, for the U21 opener and the FA Cup final. Last night was different: there was an amazing atmosphere for England v Brazil. It felt to me like last night was the real opening night, and, as the national stadium is the home of the national team, maybe it was.