Cristiano Ronaldo believes former Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney can help guide England to success at Euro 2016.
England defeated Portugal 1-0 at Wembley in their final warm-up match ahead of their Group B opener against Russia in Marseille on Saturday, but Ronaldo was ruled out of the Wembley clash due to his hard work in last Saturday’s Champions League win over Atletico Madrid.
They spent five years together at Old Trafford between 2004 and 2009, winning a plenty of trophies including the Premier League and the Champions League.
Speaking about England’s chances, he insists Rooney is in the perfect role to lead England to glory.
“I was always convinced that he would be a star for England and, inevitably, captain one day. It’s a perfect role for him after the era of Beckham and Terry.”
While the two were close on the pitch during their time together at Old Trafford, they also came up against each other at Euro 2004 and the World Cup in 2006 as Rooney was sent off in the quarter-final clash and Ronaldo was famously caught on camera winking following the dismissal.
The incident did not damage their friendship as they teamed up to help United win the title in 2007 and Ronaldo admits he would be relishing the opportunity of a third meeting in the knock-out stages in France.
Rooney had been playing in midfield towards the end of the 2015/16 season and it looks like the role is suited for him as he enters the latter stages of his career. He may not have the legs to run fast but his intelligence and knowledge on the pitch allows him to excel. With Mourinho coming in at United I’m sure he’ll be keeping an eye on how he gets on at the European tournament and his quality goal against Australia would have impressed the boss.