Cleverley 'inspired' by Rooney's 'Keane-like' rollickings

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 15, 2012 09:20 hrs

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has said England vice-captain Wayne Rooney's vociferous advice on field is an inspiration for him, and he takes the criticism from the striker positively.

Rooney captained England to a 5-0 victory over San Marino on Friday and confessed last week to being a real Red Devil when he has the armband on, admitting that he likes to dish out rollickings in the style of United legend Roy Keane.

There could be plenty more to come now that England boss Roy Hodgson has officially appointed the United striker as captain-in-waiting behind Steven Gerrard, and Cleverley has no qualms in facing Rooney's verbal wrath on a regular basis.

"When you want to win so badly you'll do anything and if people need telling Wazza's not afraid to do that, even in training. If I'm on his team and we're not winning he'll let me know. But I'm quite good at taking criticism - if it's constructive," the Sun quoted Cleverley, as saying.

"If someone like Wayne Rooney is giving you good advice - or shouting good advice at you - I will take it on board. He was quite vocal in the dressing room before the San Marino game, chipping in with points to improve the team," he added.

"He has all the attributes to be a top-class captain. He is a leader, he is a winner and I like playing under him as a captain. I certainly agree with the manager when he says he can be captain in the long-term," he said.

Cleverley further added: "For quite a young guy Wayne has had a lot of experience that me, Danny Welbeck and all the young players in the squad can tap into." (ANI)

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