Manchester United and England striker, Wayne Rooney has revealed his desire to play on for another 10 years; a prospect that will no doubt cheer the United fateful but will send a chill through premier league defenders up and down the country.
Rooney, 26, has been terrorising defences since making his debut for Everton against Tottenham 10 years ago, and, despite the time that has passed; he says that he still feels fresh now, over 400 games later, something punters betting on the Champions League will be happy to hear .
“I'm still fairly young,” he said. “I feel young anyway.”
Despite being a star on the international stage, having won 76 caps for England since his debut in 2003, and being a star in European club football, it seems that Rooney is still more than happy to be plying his trade in the Premier League. “It's great to have played in the Premier League for 10 years” Rooney said. “It's an exciting league and I still feel exactly the same about my football as I did when I made my debut..... It does feel like a long time ago, though” he added.
When Rooney left Everton for Manchester United following the European Championships in 2004 it was clear that he was destined for big things but even could he not have expected the domestic and European success that he has had. Since his Old Trafford switch, Rooney has won the Premier League four times and the Champions league once and, it seems he is hungry for yet more success; “I just hope I can play for another 10 years and have as much enjoyment as I did in my first 10” Rooney said.
The current campaign has not got off to the best of starts, with the Red Devils going down 1-0 at Rooney’s old club Everton on Monday night. However, with Robin van Persie now on board, the duo have the potential to form a deadly strike partnership.
If he can continue to play at the same level for the next ten years then Wayne Rooney will go down as one of the greatest English footballers of all time. And if he sees out his career at Manchester United then Sir Alex Ferguson’s side can surely look forward to much more silverware in the coming seasons.