Everton star Wayne Rooney backs City's bid for 2022 Commonwealth Games
ENGLAND'S all time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney has joined his boyhood
club Everton in backing Liverpool's transformational bid for the 2022
Rooney, born and bred in the Liverpool suburb of Croxteth, has thrown his weight
behind the bid which promises to transform the City and accelerate up to ₤1bn of
investment in the docklands area.
Central to the Games vision is a brand new stadium for Rooney's current club
Everton in Bramley Moore Dock, which will provide a stunning setting for the
Commonwealth athletics as well as an intimate, atmospheric Premier League arena.
Rooney joins a host of famous faces already backing the bid, including World
boxing champion Tony Bellew, Olympic heptathlete Katarina Johnson Thompson and
Commonwealth and Olympic Games medallists Steve Parry and Beth Tweddle.
The news of Rooney's support follows just days after Liverpool FC legend and
Rooney's former England teammate Steven Gerrard gave his backing to the bid,
alongside both Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler.
Both of the City's world famous clubs have come together in support for the bid
and go to prove Liverpool's united appetite for the Games in 2022.
Discussing the bid, Wayne Rooney said:- "I'm proud to be in a position to
back our City's bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and I have no doubt
that Liverpool would be the perfect host City.
People's passion for football within the City is recognised around the world but
we also have a rich sporting tradition in the boxing ring, on our golf courses
which have staged Open Championships, in athletics and gymnastics and, of
course, Liverpool stages the jewel in the crown of National Hunt horseracing
every year at Aintree, the Grand National.
Bringing the Commonwealth Games to the City would be fantastic and fitting,
showcasing again to the world what a great City Liverpool is and I support the
Liverpool 2022 bid chair, Brian Barwick, added:- "I am really delighted
Wayne has shown his support for the Liverpool Bid for the 2022 Commonwealth
Games. As a world famous record breaking footballer Wayne has proved to be a
winner throughout his career and as a true Scouser his endorsement for the Bid
is very special.
Everton Football Club's support for the Bid has been simply outstanding, their
commitment fantastic; yet another world-famous Merseyside sporting institution
getting behind the Liverpool 2022 Commonwealth Games Bid."
Liverpool's Mayor Joe Anderson said:- "The opportunity for Everton's new
home to play a key role in the Commonwealth Games is a very exciting 1 for our
City and the club, and presents a unique platform to showcase our sporting
pedigree, our waterfront and all our City has to offer to audiences across the
We're delighted to have the support of everyone at Everton. Having players like
Wayne back our bid means a great deal and underlines how much everyone is
determined for Liverpool to be chosen as England's host City."