Fresh from scoring his 50th international goal, and in the process breaking England’s all-time goalscoring record, BBC One will tell the story of the real Wayne Rooney.
With unprecedented access to his home and family, plus figures from world football, Wayne Rooney has allowed the cameras to go behind the scenes with him to deliver a personal portrait of the man behind the footballer.
The one-off 60 minute film, Rooney – The Man Behind The Goals, will be shown on BBC One at 9pm on Monday 5 October.
Wayne Rooney says: “I have been approached many times about allowing the cameras into our lives and always said no. But now seems the right time. This film is not just about my goals, it’s about the people I care about the most, my team mates, the people closest to me but most importantly, my family.”
Gary Lineker, says: “I think that our film will allow the public to discover the real Wayne Rooney. It’s been great spending time with him and the whole Rooney family. Remember also that Wayne is still only 29, he could push this record considerably higher yet.”
Alison Kirkham, Acting Controller of Factual Commissioning and Events, says: “Wayne Rooney is giving us unprecedented levels of access in this special documentary to mark his achievements for England. I’m thrilled we are working with Gary Lineker again to deliver BBC One audiences a real insight into the man who is now England’s greatest ever goalscorer.”
He is one of the most recognisable faces in world football, and – as the captain of both Manchester United and England – an iconic sports figure. After breaking the all-time England goalscoring record he has surpassed both Gary Lineker and Sir Bobby Charlton, meaning his name will go down in footballing folklore.
Following his journey from humble beginnings to bona fide world-class footballer and record-breaker, this exclusive BBC One film promises to show the world Wayne Rooney off the pitch, as he discusses his thoughts on his future, the music he loves and his relationship with his wife Coleen.
With Gary Lineker as the guide, the film shows Rooney at home with Coleen and his two young sons and features interviews with his parents. With access to Rooney at Old Trafford and at the England camp, the public will hear first-hand about his rise to the top – and how those closest to him influenced his career. And Rooney returns to the housing estates in , Liverpool, where he grew up as an Everton fan, to reflect on where it all began for him.
The film features a stellar cast list of his former and current managers, plus some of the biggest names from football both in England and abroad. The cast of interviewees include Sven Goran Eriksson, David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovich, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Louis van Gaal, Jamie Carragher, Roy Hodgson, David Moyes and the previous record holder, Sir Bobby Charlton.