Rhys Jones’ murderer Sean Mercer bragged he could have been ‘next Wayne Rooney’

Rhys Jones' killer Sean Mercer has boasted he could have been "the next Wayne Rooney" in a bid to attract women.

Tragic Rhys was gunned down and murdered aged just 11-years-old as he walked home from football practice in Liverpool in 2007 when cold-hearted killer Mercer, now aged 30, opened fire at gang rivals but missed.

Mercer was found guilty of murder on 16 December 2008 and is in the process of serving a life sentence – with a minimum of 22 years behind bars.

The criminal has claimed he turned to crime after an injury ended dreams of becoming a professional footballer, and he arrogantly claimed he had what it takes to have been on par with the Liverpool-born striker Rooney.

Writing to an unnamed woman, Mercer opened up about his past hopes of finding fame on the football field before a motorbike accident ruined his dreams.

It is believed he had earlier injured his foot when he kicked a curb and more recently dropped a dumbbell on his foot while in the gym at HMP Frankland where he is serving his sentence.

The Sun reports Mercer writing: “I played for Liverpool FC from eight till I was 15.

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"I broke my foot, I’m in a cast, two weeks later because I’m a t*t I decided to have a blast on my cousin’s motorbike."

He went on: "I came off it about 50mph, shattered both of my knee caps.

"It sounds even worse when I tell you Wayne Rooney’s family are from my area. We all went to the same school and if I told you people used to tell me I was better at football than him I’d be telling the truth."

He claimed the fatal shooting of Rhys happened six months later – while he received his 22-year minimum jail sentence the year after.

Earlier this year it was reported Mercer was attempting to have his sentence reduced.

The convicted killer was reported in May to be trying to appeal his sentence, having already served half the 22 minimum already, and arguing that, aged 16 at the time of his guilty verdict, he was a child himself when he was originally jailed.

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