Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney believes he still has a “few years left” at the highest level before he needs to consider retirement.
Rooney, currently recovering from injury having suffered knee ligament damage in February, has faced criticism in recent weeks with some suggesting that Man United and England are better off without him in the side.
The rise of Marcus Rashford and the prominence of Anthony Martial has certainly helped United cope in his absence but he is only a few goals away from becoming our highest ever goalscorer and is still our captain.
The 30-year-old, who is England’s all-time leading goalscorer, insisted he is still capable of performing for club and country.
“I’ve still got a few years left I feel,” Rooney said.
“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.
It is easy to forget that Rooney burst onto the scene as a 17-year-old and he has played many more games at the highest level than other players his age. That must take its toll, especially on a player who isn’t a natural athlete and has to work hard just to stay match fit.
The physical demands he has faced over his career may well force him into retirement slightly earlier than most but Rooney’s experience and knowhow is unparalleled for both club and country and there is no suggesting that he is a spent force. He does face a fight to get back into the fold but Rooney is the sort of character who will relish the challenge.