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Rooney Admits Problem With Midfield Role

Rooney has a new lease on life at Manchester United this year, and that can only be a good thing for his England career. For the first time, Rooney has explained what caused the rift with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Scott Heavey

Wayne Rooney has looked revitalised this year for Manchester United after a season of frustration in the 2012/2013 Premier League season. He recently spoke out about why he is enjoying his football and what caused the problems that almost led to an Old Trafford exit:

"You can clearly see I'm playing and I'm happy in my football," Rooney said. "David Moyes has come in, he's playing me up front, and I'm enjoying it. I've had no problem playing out of position in the past, but I'm a forward and I felt I deserved the right to play in my position.

"That wasn't happening. Naturally I was a bit disappointed and maybe that affected some of the games I played because last season wasn't my best.

"Everyone at the club knew where I wanted to play. Maybe I will play in midfield when I'm a bit older if I have lost my legs a bit but I didn't want to play there.

"I'm not saying I am going to throw my arms up in the air and not do it if we were hanging on a bit in the last 10 minutes of a game and if I got asked to drop back. But there came a point where I had to be a bit selfish for my own career."


- Courtesy of ESPN

This is excellent for England, we have the midfield but we don't have the attack. A happy Rooney is a performing Rooney and with two key games coming up against Montenegro and Poland, we will need Rooney firing on all cylinders.

Personally I think Rooney performs best as a second striker, playing just in behind the main man. This way he can pick up the ball and run at defenders, create chances and score goals. It will be interesting to see how quickly chemistry will develop between himself and the other "hot-shot" English striker at the moment, Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge.