Beckham: Rooney was a shining light for Man United last term

Ex-midfielder David Beckham defends Wayne Rooney's form for Manchester United last season

England striker Wayne Rooney Photo: bwin

David Beckham has defended Wayne Rooney’s form for Manchester United last season.

Former United midfielder Paul Scholes recently suggested the 28-year-old striker’s best days may be behind him.

However, ex-England captain Beckham has come out in defence of the forward ahead of this month’s World Cup in Brazil.

“Scholesy knows Wayne as well and has been around him more than I have,” said Beckham.

“Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But I thought Wayne was the shining light for United last season when the team struggled a bit.”

Beckham also backed Rooney to shine for England in Brazil this summer.

“When opposing teams see Wayne Rooney’s name on an England team-sheet, it still scares them,” he continued.

“I will always back Wazza because he is a great talent and a great player for England.

“It’s all about confidence with strikers, but Wazza has always been about more than just scoring goals.

“He’s a goal-scorer, but he works hard for the team and that is what Wayne’s game has always been about. If he doesn’t score goals, he’s either assisting or creating something for the team. He is a creator as well as a scorer.”

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