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Wayne Rooney could play as a goalkeeper claims Carlos Queiroz

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Former Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz has claimed that Wayne Rooney, the Red Devils' star striker and current club captain, has the ability to play as a goalkeeper.

Queiroz, when asked to describe Rooney by FourFourTwo magazine, commented: "Power and commitment and so much drive - to the point that he could lose focus.

"He could play in any position, including goalkeeper. He played there in training."

A video released by Nike a good few years ago showed Rooney on the training pitch, pulling off some stunning saves in front of the watching Sir Alex Ferguson, before running up the opposite end of the pitch and scoring a volley.

And according to Queiroz, the current manager of the Iranian national team, Rooney's appearances in between the sticks weren't restricted to television adverts - he would often go in goal to show the club's 'keepers how it's done.

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Another video, this time amateur footage, was posted to YouTube in July 2009 showing Nani having some pop-shots at Rooney during a training session.

Rooney: Versatile star

Few top-class footballers are as versatile as Rooney, who has played as a lone centre-forward, winger, number 10 and central midfielder during his ten years at Old Trafford.

The 29-year-old has always shown a tremendous willingness to work hard for the team - and will often track a runner 60/70 yards to make a tackle in the left-back position.

"He could play in any position, including goalkeeper. He played there in training." - Carlos Queiroz on Wayne Rooney.

A naturally gifted footballer, Rooney is probably still better in the attacking third of the pitch, rather than inside his own half. After all, we're talking about the striker who looks certain to become the top goalscorer for both Manchester United and England in the near future.

Records in sight

Rooney is currently sits behind Denis Law and Bobby Charlton as the third highest goalscorer in Manchester United's history - with 221 goals from 452 appearances - and needs just 29 more to leapfrog Charlton into top spot.

He's even closer to Charlton with England. Rooney needs just four more goals to overtake Gary Lineker and Charlton to become the highest goalscorer in the Three Lions' history.

But if David de Gea does join Real Madrid next summer, perhaps Louis van Gaal should turn to the Liverpool-born striker instead of splashing the cash in the transfer market.

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