Rooney to stay in England

06 March 2008 09:49
Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has no intention of spending any of his playing career outside England. The former Everton star believes that the Premier League is the best in the world and sees no reason to leave his homeland. In the past players like Paul Gascoigne, Paul Ince, Ray Wilkins and Gary Lineker have moved abroad to further their football education, but Rooney is not about to follow in their footsteps. He said: "Our game has improved so much in the past few seasons. We've proved we have the best league in the world, which is why we attract the best players in the world. "It's down to English players if they decide to play abroad but, for me, English football is the best. I love playing here and I'm pretty sure that'll never change." Rooney also believes United have a great chance to win this season's Champions League after they secured their place in the quarter-finals by beating Lyon. He added: "We've brought good players in so the squad is bigger and we haven't got many serious injury problems at the moment. "The likes of Anderson and Nani have come in and been brilliant but the main thing is we're enjoying our football. "But if we want to win the Champions League we'll have to improve on our performance against Lyon. We got a bit edgy in the second half, a bit nervous. We're looking for better performances. But we do have a lot of match-winners now. "At the end of last season we had a lot of injuries and a few tired players. But this is a big squad and, hopefully, the rotation policy will help. "If we get to the last four again we'll be a lot fresher because a lot of the players won't have played as many games as they did last season."

Source: ESA