Rooney has faith England can adapt to new style
Wayne Rooney is confident England’s players can adapt to a more technical style, ESPN has reported, as the Manchester United forward cites the approach taking by Roberto Martinez, recently appointed at Rooney’s former club, Everton.
English players have regularly been criticised for a perceived lack of technique but Rooney believes English players can handle a more patient manner of playing, and pointed to Martinez’s early success at Goodison Park as an example.
Martinez replaced David Moyes - who left for United - and led Everton to a six-game unbeaten run to start the Premier League season, with that streak ending at the weekend against Manchester City. But the Toffees remain in seventh place, two points and three positions ahead of Moyes’ United.
“You look at what Martinez has done at Everton in terms of style of football which they used to play compared to what they play now - there are a lot of English players who have adapted to that,” Rooney said.
“Why can't the younger players do that? I am sure [the FA] will be looking at everything and coming up with the best decision,” the 27-year-old added, referencing the commission set up by new FA chairman Greg Dyke to look into how English football develops its young players.
The amount of foreign players has often been pointed to a reason for the lack of English talent coming through at Premier League clubs but Rooney has little time for that argument. Instead, he insists that if a player is of a great enough ability, he will get his chance. “I always believed if there are players who are good enough, they will play,” he said, pointing to the likes of Arsenal pair Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ross Barkley, a graduate of Everton.
Rooney made his Everton debut at the age of 16, and was included as a substitute when still a 15-year-old. He scored his first Everton goals against Wrexham in the League Cup before netting a memorable first league goal against Arsenal, and was for a time Everton’s youngest-ever scorer.
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