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Everton starlet Rodwell was Liverpool reject

Everton starlet Jack Rodwell is actually a Liverpool reject, it has been revealed.

Rodwell was six when Liverpool advised him to forget football as a career opportunity.

However, he rebuilt his confidence at Birkdale United before Everton came calling. Such was his reputation that Liverpool tried again, but received short shrift from the Rodwell family.

Steve Cattlin, his coach at Birkdale, told the Daily Mail: "They realised they had made a mistake and offered him a fresh start, but his dad Malcolm told me, 'Everton have been really good with Jack. We're sticking with them'."

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