Manchester United star Wayne Rooney claims he 'still has a few years left'
Published 04/04/2016 | 10:46
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney believes he "still has a few years left in him" as he prepares to make a return to action after a spell in the treatment room.
Rooney is closing in on a first team return for United, although his critics have suggested a team side that has started winning in his absence may not have space for veteran forward as they push for a top four finish in the Premier League and FA Cup glory.
There are also suggestions that the emergence of Harry Kane and a host of striking options for the England team means Rooney should no longer be a first choice pick at international level, despite his success in becoming his nation's all-time record goal scorer.
Yet in an interview that appears in The Sun, Rooney suggests he still has plenty to offer for club and county ahead of the Euro 2016 finals this summer.
“I’ve still got a few years left I feel," he states. “I’ll keep trying to, first and foremost, help the team be successful and if I can score the goals to help achieve that then that’ll be great.
“Over the last two years my form for England has been really good, I’ve scored a lot of goals.
“I was playing really well before that injury so it could’ve been different but that’s in the past and you have to look forward."
Rooney believes he is a changed player at the back end of his career, as he hinted his revised role could help United and England.
“I think I’m a different player now to what I was then so I don’t compare myself – I’m always just thinking about what comes next and making sure I’m at my best for the summer," he added.
“Throughout your career your game changes and develops, you’re playing with different players and you have to adapt your game to that and adapt to different systems you play in.
“So I think that happens naturally anyway and as long as you’re willing to adapt and you’re taking in what’s being asked of you – which I’ve always been quite good at doing – then you’ll have no problems.