England captain Wayne Rooney has revealed that he considered turning his back on football at the age of 14 after becoming disillusioned with the game. (Gerrard fears pressure too much for England stars)
The 29-year-old is due to make his 100th international appearance in a Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Slovenia on Saturday, when he will be presented with a commemorative cap by England great Bobby Charlton. (Also read: Trying to control myself, says 'serial biter' Luis Suarez)
But on the eve of the game, the Manchester United star revealed that had it not been for Colin Harvey, a youth coach at his former club Everton, his football career might have been snuffed out before it had even begun.