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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Sunday, April 06, 2003
    Where Rooney's gifts come from
    Obviously Wayne gets all the plaudits, for another mature-beyond-his-years display, key to overcoming a powerful Newcastle side today. I watched him as he walked towards the Bullens Road stand to collect the ball for a throw-in, with a sea of dancing fans applauding him, chanting his name, and I wondered what on earth this youngster must be thinking.

    He seems level-headed enough, but even so, it must be astonishing to be all-of-a-sudden the object of such admiration and adulation, and to recognise the greatness in ones' self, which has come from ... where?

    Well, I've got a strong opinion on the answer to that question: his skill is divine. Look at the gifts Wayne's got and realise, afresh, there is a God; a generous, creative, footy-loving God.