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Boy wonder’s dubious record

London: On the day Wayne Rooney lost his record as the Premier League’s youngest scorer, the Everton striker made a new mark as the youngest player to be sent off in the competition’s history.

Sixteen-year-old midfielder James Milner eclipsed Rooney’s scoring record with his equaliser for Leeds United in their 2-1 win at Sunderland on Thursday.

Rooney was shown a straight red card in the 81st minute of his side’s 1-1 draw at Birmingham City (as reported in Friday’s Late City edition).

Rooney had come on 15 minutes earlier as a substitute for scorer Tomasz Radzinski, and his tackle left Birmingham also down to 10 men as Vickers was unable to continue and later had eight stitches in the wound.

Since blasting on to the scene as a 16-year-old with a brilliant goal in Everton’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal in October, Rooney, now 17, has quickly earned a reputation not only as a talented striker but also a tough customer.

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