Rooney wants to be United midfielder, England striker

Date published: Wednesday 18th May 2016 8:31

Wayne Rooney sees his Manchester United future as a midfielder, but believes he can still play as a striker for England.

Rooney started the season as first-choice striker for both club and country, but has scored only 12 goals and assisted a further six for United.

He has dropped into a deeper midfield role for five of the last six fixtures under Louis van Gaal however, with mixed results.

This has led to speculation over the 30-year-old’s future playing position, with many feeling his lack of pace is detrimental when playing as a centre forward, and that his passing range is more suited to a midfield role.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Rooney believes his playing position for club could differ from his role for country.

“Sometimes you have to make choices in your career and at the moment it’s better for me to play deeper,” he said.

“It could be a bit different for England where I could still be the striker but probably next season that’s where I see myself playing.

“I’m sure Roy Hodgson will have his ideas of where he thinks is best for me.

“It could be where I play for England, but that’s down to Roy. I’m sure we’ll speak when we meet up and he’ll tell me where he wants me to play.”

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