England v San Marino: Rooney hopes to emulate Man United legend Keane

England v San Marino: Wayne Rooney is hoping to emulate Red Devils legend Roy Keane when he skippers the Three Lions

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Wayne Rooney scored 35 goals for Manchester United last season Photo: The Sport Review

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Wayne Rooney has revealed he hopes to emulate former Manchester United captain Roy Keane when the striker leads the Three Lions out at Wembley on Friday night.

Roy Hodgson named the Red Devils forward as his captain for the World Cup qualifier against San Marino, with Steven Gerrard suspended and Frank Lampard injured.

Rooney joined United in 2005 towards the end of Keane’s spell at Old Trafford, and the former Everton star revealed his admiration for the former Republic of Ireland international’s leadership style.

“Roy Keane, without a doubt, having played with him for a couple of years and seen how he played on the pitch and dealt with things off it,” Rooney said.

“He was vocal on the pitch and helped me off it. He was a great captain.

“I was lucky enough to play with him and, hopefully, I can gain some of his qualities in my own game. I had a few rollickings off him and we had a few debates.

“We both wanted to win and sometimes, when you want to win, it’s not always about sitting down and talking quietly.

“You have a go at each other purely to try and get the best out of each other. If you saw the way he was with the other senior players, it was the same as with the younger players.

“He was not afraid to tell everybody how he felt and how he wanted them to perform. He treated everyone the same. He wanted to win and he wanted his team to win. That was a great quality.”

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