Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney has expressed his desire to switch to the midfield rather than only operating as a striker – a role quite similar to former United legend Paul Scholes.
The Englishman has many-a-times been fielded as a central midfielder by manager Louis van Gaal, and did so against Everton in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley on Saturday, performing admirably.
Rooney admitted that he remains open to the idea while not only playing for the Red Devils but also for England as well.
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The Independent quoted the 30-year-old speaking on the issue: “I’ve known for a few years [that I can be at home there]. I have played there a few times throughout my career and I can play that position.”
“I have played and watched Paul Scholes play that role for years and I always knew that one day that is where I would play so I have tried to learn and watch what he did, it is still early days but hopefully if I keep playing there I can develop and get better.”
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If Rooney has no qualms about playing in midfield for The Three Lions, it would give head coach Roy Hodgson a huge relief as there has been ample striking options in Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy ahead of the forward.
Asked if he could emulate the same in national colours, the United talisman replied: “Yes. I think if I can do that I can free other players up. Obviously it is down to the manager, it is his decision and for the team more importantly it is the right thing to do at this moment in time.”
He added: “We have got a lot of pace in the team now and I think I can read the game quite well and whether to go forward or stay deeper and leave the space for the other lads.”
Rooney could majorly play a mentor role in the upcoming Euro 2016 in France this summer, which would be the first major tournament on national duties for many stars from England.
Moreover, it would be the first season in Rooney’s 12-year career at The Theatre of Dreams, that the striker would fail to reach the double figure mark in the goals tally in the Premier League.
Since he is not getting any younger either, moving to a more deep-lying midfield position completely makes sense for the long-term future.
His creativity, tactical acumen and strong physical presence at the heart of midfield would certainly bring dividends for the Manchester–based outfit and England in the years to come.
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