I can be England's Cantona, says Rooney

Oct 11, 2012, 10:29 IST | A Correspondent

Wayne Rooney claims he wants to inspire England's younger players in the same way Eric Cantona did at Manchester United

Rooney, who has 76 caps, believes that as a “senior player” he must begin to show his leadership qualities at international level and is willing to offer advice to the younger personnel in Roy Hodgson’s squad. “It is time for me to show I am a senior player and that I can lead the team,” Rooney told reporters. 

“I always remember what Alex Ferguson says about how Eric Cantona was such a big help to the younger players at United. It is something I can look at and try do for England. Hopefully I can bring the best out of them and they can bring the best out of me as well.”

England will resume their World Cup qualification campaign on Friday with a home tie against San Marino and are currently second in Group H, level on four points with Montenegro and Poland. — Goal.com 

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