David Quinn: Family man Rooney the pitch-perfect role model
There was a time when I had Wayne Rooney marked down as a wretch and a thug. No more. Rooney, unlike a lot of his peers, has cottoned on to the fact that when you are a high-profile footballer you are also a role model, and you need to act like one.
Rooney was reacting the other day to the various scandals embroiling the England team, and particularly John Terry.
Rooney said: "It's difficult as a footballer because you know people look up to you. You are a role model whether you like it or not. You need to try and be aware of that, try and do your best on the pitch, and try to do things well for kids to see."