Paul Ince compares Wayne Rooney's physique to "ripped" Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Wayne Rooney's ego has taken a number of hits in recent weeks, especially so after being heavily criticised for his poor performance against Slovakia on Sunday.

Slow and sloppy in possession for England in central midfield, the 30-year-old gave yet another indication that his influence is wavering.

Opinion is entirely split over whether he should still be a starter for both club and country, with Alan Shearer recently claiming Rooney should retire from international football altogether and focus on his career at Manchester United.


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As we know, he ignored Shearer's advice and instead revealed he will keep playing for England until the 2018 World Cup, after which he will quit.

Paul Ince has now become the latest to discuss Rooney and he's rather embarrassed the United captain by doing so.

Writing on his Paddy Power blog with Dietmar Hamann, the former striker not only predicted that Rooney will get fat when he retires but also compared his "big-boned" frame to the "bronzed Adonis" that is Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Way to make someone feel good about themselves, Paul.

He said: "Wayne's going to be one of these players - and he won’t mind me saying it - that when he finishes playing football, he's going to lose his conditioning and go quite big.

"He's a big-boned lad. He was when he was a teenager bursting onto the scene. [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, however, is still in incredible shape.

"Look at Rooney's physique compared to Zlatan. Ibrahimovic is still ripped - he certainly doesn’t look like a 34-year-old. He looks like a bronzed Adonis!

"Usually you'd say a centre-forward at his age is past his best. Not Zlatan. Yes, he's probably lost a yard of pace, but that's just one element of the game."

Essentially, Ince doesn't believe Rooney can maintain his body like Ibrahimovic has during the twilight days of his career.

Something tells me he might take a bit of offense to that.

Nevertheless, Rooney is confident he can keep performing at the highest level for the foreseeable future.

He said: "I've still got a few years left I feel. Over the last two years my form for England has been really good, I've scored a lot of goals. But it's something I'm looking to expand now."

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