England fans vote Rooney player of the year but United star has sights set on trophies
30 March 2009 06:35
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Wayne Rooney added the England player of the year prize to his growing collection of honours - but he has no intention of easing up on the medal collection just yet.
Rooney finished top of the poll of England fans, ahead of Gareth Barry and Theo Walcott, to claim the prestigious award for 2008 thanks to form he continued atWembley on Saturday with a brace in the friendly win over Slovakia at Wembley.
It continued an impressive run for the 23-year-old, who captured PremierLeague, Champions League and Club World Cup prizes with Manchester United last year, with a Carling Cup win following last month thanks to the victory over Tottenham.
Yet he has learned from his Old Trafford team-mates not to spend too much timepondering what has been won.
Instead,as he looks ahead to Wednesday's key World Cup qualifier against the Ukraine, Rooney is only interested in looking forward.
'I want to win more trophies, earn more caps and score more goals,' said Rooney.
'When I finish my career I can look back on those kind of things, but while I'm still playing I don't want to be looking back, I only want to look forward to the achievements I can get in the future.
'After we won the Champions League last season we were thinking about the start of the next season straight away.
'The manager said 'make sure we're ready for next season'. It is something that you have to do. You can enjoy the night when you win trophies but after that you're looking forward to winning them again.'