Man United’s Wayne Rooney isn’t world class, says Joey Barton
Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton says Wayne Rooney is England's best player but isn't "world class"
Wayne Rooney is England’s best player but isn’t world class, according to Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton.
The 28-year-old Manchester United striker will be one of Roy Hodgson’s key men at the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
My favourite of the current bunch. Love watching him. Old school. But not World Class IMO
Rooney, who signed a new five-and-a-half year deal with United in February, has scored 14 Premier League goals this term.
However, Barton doesn’t feel Rooney is in the same bracket as Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Barton said: “Rooney is our best player at the moment. Put in context for me, by my definition of ‘World Class’, he isn’t. I’m sorry thats my belief.
“He is infinitely better than me. That is not the debate here. But I was never World Class, so people are missing the point.
“Now shall I tell you what World Class is for me. Ronaldo and Messi. Iniesta and Suarez. WC is a term thrown about far too often. Maybe Wayne was has been in WC bracket before. I would have to say now he isn’t.
“Why? Well it isn’t for the lack of talent IMO. I would have to argue that he has not been better since he broke on the scene at Everton. For me thats when he stopped developing or just afterwards. As I say, he is a top player.
“My favourite of the current bunch. Love watching him. Old school. But not World Class IMO.”