Wayne Rooney lookalike Chris Hayden travels the world posing as Manchester United star

Bournemouth Echo: Chris Hayden Chris Hayden

A BOURNEMOUTH Wayne Rooney lookalike, who has posed as the England star in numerous adverts and campaigns, is backing the real thing to shine in tonight’s crucial World Cup game.

Chris Hayden, 27, started standing in for the England forward three years ago, after his friends sent his picture to several lookalike agencies.

He has since travelled to London, Manchester, Barcelona and Madrid taking part in photoshoots and filming adverts for companies including Nike and EA Sports.

And in one more unusual job, he even posed as the Manchester United star in an article about his hair transplant.

Chris, who works at a children’s nursery in Pokesdown, has met the real Wayne Rooney a couple of times during the course of his work. He said: “He’s decent, very focused on the job at hand but a nice guy.

“We’ve had a bit of banter before jobs. It’s weird for both of us when we meet up but we have a laugh.”

Despite England’s defeat in their opening game, Chris is optimistic they can improve, starting with tonight’s match against Uruguay.

“I think we’re going to do well,” he said. “I think we’ve got enough players of a good enough standard to get to the semis.

“Rooney’s looking trim, he’s looking ready, I think he’ll have a good tournament.”

He plans to watch the matches with his friends and hopes if Rooney does perform well, it will lead to even more bookings for him.

“Work is always up and down, depending on what’s going on. I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve done as Wayne Rooney so far and it would be nice to get more work.”

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7:15am Thu 19 Jun 14

Baysider says...

Tbh England might as well have taken him instead of the real Rooney...
Tbh England might as well have taken him instead of the real Rooney... Baysider
  • Score: 26

7:24am Thu 19 Jun 14

BIGTONE says...

They will be on the coach back home by the weekend.
They will be on the coach back home by the weekend. BIGTONE
  • Score: 0

7:31am Thu 19 Jun 14

Lord Spring says...

We all have our problems.
We all have our problems. Lord Spring
  • Score: 9

7:46am Thu 19 Jun 14

Woodgate says...

Rooney?...looks more like the love child of Jamie Redknapp and David Brent to me....
Rooney?...looks more like the love child of Jamie Redknapp and David Brent to me.... Woodgate
  • Score: 45

8:37am Thu 19 Jun 14

BarrHumbug says...

We will be hitching a lift back with Spain ;)
We will be hitching a lift back with Spain ;) BarrHumbug
  • Score: 4

8:40am Thu 19 Jun 14

alasdair1967 says...

Guess his earnings are down after last weeks shambles
Guess his earnings are down after last weeks shambles alasdair1967
  • Score: -3

9:16am Thu 19 Jun 14

ben111 says...

I'm confused
I'm confused ben111
  • Score: 3

9:30am Thu 19 Jun 14

LornaBournemouth says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
Guess his earnings are down after last weeks shambles
Last weeks shambles? You are obviously no football fan with a ridiculous comment like that!!

GOOD LUCK to England tonight, hang in there Wayne you will come good!
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: Guess his earnings are down after last weeks shambles[/p][/quote]Last weeks shambles? You are obviously no football fan with a ridiculous comment like that!! GOOD LUCK to England tonight, hang in there Wayne you will come good! LornaBournemouth
  • Score: 11

9:37am Thu 19 Jun 14

simnic says...

LornaBournemouth wrote:
alasdair1967 wrote: Guess his earnings are down after last weeks shambles
Last weeks shambles? You are obviously no football fan with a ridiculous comment like that!! GOOD LUCK to England tonight, hang in there Wayne you will come good!
Come on Alisdair1967...Engla
nd weren't a shambles...Rooney was and the sooner they get rid, the better...
[quote][p][bold]LornaBournemouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: Guess his earnings are down after last weeks shambles[/p][/quote]Last weeks shambles? You are obviously no football fan with a ridiculous comment like that!! GOOD LUCK to England tonight, hang in there Wayne you will come good![/p][/quote]Come on Alisdair1967...Engla nd weren't a shambles...Rooney was and the sooner they get rid, the better... simnic
  • Score: -2

9:38am Thu 19 Jun 14

alasdair1967 says...

LornaBournemouth wrote:
alasdair1967 wrote:
Guess his earnings are down after last weeks shambles
Last weeks shambles? You are obviously no football fan with a ridiculous comment like that!!

GOOD LUCK to England tonight, hang in there Wayne you will come good!
What did he do in 90 mins ? Created the goal that was about it £300000 a week your having a laugh ,based on the pre tournament friendly fixtures should not even be out in Brazil
[quote][p][bold]LornaBournemouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: Guess his earnings are down after last weeks shambles[/p][/quote]Last weeks shambles? You are obviously no football fan with a ridiculous comment like that!! GOOD LUCK to England tonight, hang in there Wayne you will come good![/p][/quote]What did he do in 90 mins ? Created the goal that was about it £300000 a week your having a laugh ,based on the pre tournament friendly fixtures should not even be out in Brazil alasdair1967
  • Score: -5

9:46am Thu 19 Jun 14

alasdair1967 says...

simnic wrote:
LornaBournemouth wrote:
alasdair1967 wrote: Guess his earnings are down after last weeks shambles
Last weeks shambles? You are obviously no football fan with a ridiculous comment like that!! GOOD LUCK to England tonight, hang in there Wayne you will come good!
Come on Alisdair1967...Engla

nd weren't a shambles...Rooney was and the sooner they get rid, the better...
And that is whom my post is aimed at Rooney not the England team
[quote][p][bold]simnic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LornaBournemouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: Guess his earnings are down after last weeks shambles[/p][/quote]Last weeks shambles? You are obviously no football fan with a ridiculous comment like that!! GOOD LUCK to England tonight, hang in there Wayne you will come good![/p][/quote]Come on Alisdair1967...Engla nd weren't a shambles...Rooney was and the sooner they get rid, the better...[/p][/quote]And that is whom my post is aimed at Rooney not the England team alasdair1967
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9:50am Thu 19 Jun 14

alasdair1967 says...

As a professional sportsman on the money that Rooney earns as far as I'm concerned you should be able to give 100% regardless of what position you are playing in yes he has flashes of genius but that's it flashes should be committed for the full 90 mins
As a professional sportsman on the money that Rooney earns as far as I'm concerned you should be able to give 100% regardless of what position you are playing in yes he has flashes of genius but that's it flashes should be committed for the full 90 mins alasdair1967
  • Score: -2

10:02am Thu 19 Jun 14

iseestupidpeople says...

My cat looks more like Rooney than he does!!
My cat looks more like Rooney than he does!! iseestupidpeople
  • Score: -16

10:05am Thu 19 Jun 14

speedy231278 says...

Too much hair, and probably not enough granny prozzies.... lol
Too much hair, and probably not enough granny prozzies.... lol speedy231278
  • Score: 6

10:34am Thu 19 Jun 14

truthhurts!! says...

This has to be a joke looks nothing like him!!
This has to be a joke looks nothing like him!! truthhurts!!
  • Score: 13

10:42am Thu 19 Jun 14

loftusrod says...

Yeah cash in quick before Wayne (not a big game player) Rooney gets dropped.
Yeah cash in quick before Wayne (not a big game player) Rooney gets dropped. loftusrod
  • Score: 0

10:44am Thu 19 Jun 14

muscliffman says...

The only Wayne Rooney I know is the vastly overpaid one wearing an England football shirt wandering aimlessly about in Brazil at the moment - this guy looks absolutely nothing like him, so which Wayne Rooney is he the lookalike of please?
The only Wayne Rooney I know is the vastly overpaid one wearing an England football shirt wandering aimlessly about in Brazil at the moment - this guy looks absolutely nothing like him, so which Wayne Rooney is he the lookalike of please? muscliffman
  • Score: 3

11:30am Thu 19 Jun 14

alasdair1967 says...

Judging by all the negative comments flying around the plastic priemiership supporters have woken up Rooney does not deserve to be in Brazil fact ,at the end of the day being a premiership player should not give you the right to automatically be given the right to pull on an England shirt !
Judging by all the negative comments flying around the plastic priemiership supporters have woken up Rooney does not deserve to be in Brazil fact ,at the end of the day being a premiership player should not give you the right to automatically be given the right to pull on an England shirt ! alasdair1967
  • Score: -2

12:07pm Thu 19 Jun 14

scotty1976 says...

am I missing something here? the only resemblance I see is that he's wearing an England shirt.

Good luck tonight boys!!!
am I missing something here? the only resemblance I see is that he's wearing an England shirt. Good luck tonight boys!!! scotty1976
  • Score: 3

12:44pm Thu 19 Jun 14

kalebmoledirt says...

His biggest gig so far was going on against Italy .he may look a bit like him but he can't play football stick to the day job
His biggest gig so far was going on against Italy .he may look a bit like him but he can't play football stick to the day job kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -4

12:48pm Thu 19 Jun 14

truthhurts!! says...

The only person that should be a impersonator of Rooney is Shrek not this bloke. This bloke is clearly deluded
The only person that should be a impersonator of Rooney is Shrek not this bloke. This bloke is clearly deluded truthhurts!!
  • Score: 2

12:55pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Gingertree says...

Who does he do Rooney a-likes for? Must be the local blind club cos he's bugger all like him
Who does he do Rooney a-likes for? Must be the local blind club cos he's bugger all like him Gingertree
  • Score: -3

1:01pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Richard 1976 says...

Nice to see Noel Edmunds supporting our World Cup heroes!
Nice to see Noel Edmunds supporting our World Cup heroes! Richard 1976
  • Score: 0

1:14pm Thu 19 Jun 14

APOOLERESIDENT says...

More Mickey Rooney than Wayne Rooney !!!!
More Mickey Rooney than Wayne Rooney !!!! APOOLERESIDENT
  • Score: 2

1:31pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Understated says...

my condolences
my condolences Understated
  • Score: -1

1:37pm Thu 19 Jun 14

nothingtofear says...

So, bearing a vague resemblance to Wayne Rooney is now a virtue. Who'd have thought it?
So, bearing a vague resemblance to Wayne Rooney is now a virtue. Who'd have thought it? nothingtofear
  • Score: -1

2:01pm Thu 19 Jun 14

LornaBournemouth says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
As a professional sportsman on the money that Rooney earns as far as I'm concerned you should be able to give 100% regardless of what position you are playing in yes he has flashes of genius but that's it flashes should be committed for the full 90 mins
You have so little knowledge of football.... Idiot!!
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: As a professional sportsman on the money that Rooney earns as far as I'm concerned you should be able to give 100% regardless of what position you are playing in yes he has flashes of genius but that's it flashes should be committed for the full 90 mins[/p][/quote]You have so little knowledge of football.... Idiot!! LornaBournemouth
  • Score: -4

2:24pm Thu 19 Jun 14

alasdair1967 says...

LornaBournemouth wrote:
alasdair1967 wrote:
As a professional sportsman on the money that Rooney earns as far as I'm concerned you should be able to give 100% regardless of what position you are playing in yes he has flashes of genius but that's it flashes should be committed for the full 90 mins
You have so little knowledge of football.... Idiot!!
Are you his love child ???based on his performances in the friendlies prior to the World Cup I feel He does not deserve to be in Brazil fact !!! I hope the team can pull it off tonight and get the result we are all praying for but there has been far to much emphasis put on one player and that can upset the apple cart !!!
[quote][p][bold]LornaBournemouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: As a professional sportsman on the money that Rooney earns as far as I'm concerned you should be able to give 100% regardless of what position you are playing in yes he has flashes of genius but that's it flashes should be committed for the full 90 mins[/p][/quote]You have so little knowledge of football.... Idiot!![/p][/quote]Are you his love child ???based on his performances in the friendlies prior to the World Cup I feel He does not deserve to be in Brazil fact !!! I hope the team can pull it off tonight and get the result we are all praying for but there has been far to much emphasis put on one player and that can upset the apple cart !!! alasdair1967
  • Score: 1

2:32pm Thu 19 Jun 14

alasdair1967 says...

As an Englishman I honestly want to see us succeed tonight sadly I fear the worse,it's time for the old guard to step aside and let the young guns step up to the mark,also I feel the FA need to look to the lower divisions it should not be a god given right to pull on an England shirt solely because you play in the premiership
As an Englishman I honestly want to see us succeed tonight sadly I fear the worse,it's time for the old guard to step aside and let the young guns step up to the mark,also I feel the FA need to look to the lower divisions it should not be a god given right to pull on an England shirt solely because you play in the premiership alasdair1967
  • Score: 0

4:16pm Thu 19 Jun 14

nothingtofear says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
As an Englishman I honestly want to see us succeed tonight sadly I fear the worse,it's time for the old guard to step aside and let the young guns step up to the mark,also I feel the FA need to look to the lower divisions it should not be a god given right to pull on an England shirt solely because you play in the premiership
As a matter of interest, who would you select from the lower divisions?
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: As an Englishman I honestly want to see us succeed tonight sadly I fear the worse,it's time for the old guard to step aside and let the young guns step up to the mark,also I feel the FA need to look to the lower divisions it should not be a god given right to pull on an England shirt solely because you play in the premiership[/p][/quote]As a matter of interest, who would you select from the lower divisions? nothingtofear
  • Score: 1

5:13pm Thu 19 Jun 14

PHew says...

Knowing this guy very well, as I do, this photo does not show how like Rooney he is.......when chris isn't smiling he is the spitting image! About 3 years ago, we couldn't go anywhere, or do anything without people stopping him, staring, wanting photos etc.....what would YOU do? Agents fell over themselves to sign him up and he has consequently had a brilliant time travelling and earning a lot of money from this 'quirk' of nature!!! Good luck Chris! :-) And come on England tonight!!!!!
Knowing this guy very well, as I do, this photo does not show how like Rooney he is.......when chris isn't smiling he is the spitting image! About 3 years ago, we couldn't go anywhere, or do anything without people stopping him, staring, wanting photos etc.....what would YOU do? Agents fell over themselves to sign him up and he has consequently had a brilliant time travelling and earning a lot of money from this 'quirk' of nature!!! Good luck Chris! :-) And come on England tonight!!!!! PHew
  • Score: 2

6:35pm Thu 19 Jun 14

kalebmoledirt says...

PHew wrote:
Knowing this guy very well, as I do, this photo does not show how like Rooney he is.......when chris isn't smiling he is the spitting image! About 3 years ago, we couldn't go anywhere, or do anything without people stopping him, staring, wanting photos etc.....what would YOU do? Agents fell over themselves to sign him up and he has consequently had a brilliant time travelling and earning a lot of money from this 'quirk' of nature!!! Good luck Chris! :-) And come on England tonight!!!!!
Glad he's making a few quite out of an unfortunate quirk of nature do you look like the fragrant Coleen or a granny hooked
[quote][p][bold]PHew[/bold] wrote: Knowing this guy very well, as I do, this photo does not show how like Rooney he is.......when chris isn't smiling he is the spitting image! About 3 years ago, we couldn't go anywhere, or do anything without people stopping him, staring, wanting photos etc.....what would YOU do? Agents fell over themselves to sign him up and he has consequently had a brilliant time travelling and earning a lot of money from this 'quirk' of nature!!! Good luck Chris! :-) And come on England tonight!!!!![/p][/quote]Glad he's making a few quite out of an unfortunate quirk of nature do you look like the fragrant Coleen or a granny hooked kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 0

8:38pm Thu 19 Jun 14

kalebmoledirt says...

ben111 wrote:
I'm confused
Hello confused I'm Keleb ,who is Wayne Rooney .was he one of the Village people the one that was hit with the wheelbarrow
[quote][p][bold]ben111[/bold] wrote: I'm confused[/p][/quote]Hello confused I'm Keleb ,who is Wayne Rooney .was he one of the Village people the one that was hit with the wheelbarrow kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -1

11:32pm Thu 19 Jun 14

yet_another_one says...

My recommendation is get rid of this assumed personality & get a real one for yourself.
My recommendation is get rid of this assumed personality & get a real one for yourself. yet_another_one
  • Score: -2

7:52am Fri 20 Jun 14

rusty james says...

PHew wrote:
Knowing this guy very well, as I do, this photo does not show how like Rooney he is.......when chris isn't smiling he is the spitting image! About 3 years ago, we couldn't go anywhere, or do anything without people stopping him, staring, wanting photos etc.....what would YOU do? Agents fell over themselves to sign him up and he has consequently had a brilliant time travelling and earning a lot of money from this 'quirk' of nature!!! Good luck Chris! :-) And come on England tonight!!!!!
Ah. So, he's been played in the wrong position by the Echo. They should've stuck to the tried and tested 'arms folded frown' formula.
[quote][p][bold]PHew[/bold] wrote: Knowing this guy very well, as I do, this photo does not show how like Rooney he is.......when chris isn't smiling he is the spitting image! About 3 years ago, we couldn't go anywhere, or do anything without people stopping him, staring, wanting photos etc.....what would YOU do? Agents fell over themselves to sign him up and he has consequently had a brilliant time travelling and earning a lot of money from this 'quirk' of nature!!! Good luck Chris! :-) And come on England tonight!!!!![/p][/quote]Ah. So, he's been played in the wrong position by the Echo. They should've stuck to the tried and tested 'arms folded frown' formula. rusty james
  • Score: 1

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