Capello wants fresh Rooney
28 May 2008 - 08:38:19
England manager Fabio Capello has told Wayne Rooney to be more selfish as he prepares to use another striker alongside the Manchester United star in Wednesday's friendly international against the USA.
Capello has used the 22-year-old former Everton player as a lone forward in his first two games in charge of England - against Switzerland and France - but is set to deploy a new formation against the Americans.
The Italian said: "When I saw Rooney in Portugal (at Euro 2004), he played very well. He has to play like he did then.
"I feel the same as Sir Alex Ferguson. I have spoken with Rooney maybe three times now. And I've said to him that he is too generous.
"He has been trying to do too much. He needs to play in the best position for him. He needs to be more selfish, otherwise he is tired and not fresh.
"It is important to be fresh near the goal. Rooney is very important to us.
"Rooney is a versatile player but his best position is as a central striker, just behind the person who plays up front.
"That way he can play with his face to the goal rather than his back. You need someone more advanced but then the others can move around him.
"His potential is huge but he can do better. He knows he must stay in front of goal more. He knows he must score more goals. He has won a lot - but not enough."