'Captain' Rooney ready to give 'Keane-like' rollickings to England players on field

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 12, 2012 08:00 hrs

England stand-in captain Wayne Rooney has said he is inspired by former Manchester United teammate Roy Keane's vociferous captaincy skills, and added he would like to apply those when he leads a young Three Lions team against minnows San Marino in their World Cup qualifier.

Rooney was named as the stand-in captain of the England team for their match against San Marion at Wembley because Steven Gerrard is suspended and Frank Lampard is out injured.

The United striker admits there were times at Old Trafford when he was in Keane's firing line, but he insists he did not mind it a bit, as it made him more determined to succeed.

Now Rooney, preparing to become a dad for the second time, will have no doubts about telling off either the kids or the more senior stars.

"Roy Keane, without doubt, having played with him for a couple of years and seen how he played on the pitch and dealt with things off it," the Sun quoted Rooney, as saying when asked which captain inspired him the most.

"He was vocal on the pitch and helped me off it. He was a great captain. I was lucky enough to play with him and, hopefully, I can gain some of his qualities in my own game," he added. (ANI)

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