Former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has hailed Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney.
Ronaldo and Rooney spent five years together at Manchester United between 2004 and 2009, winning a glut of trophies including the Premier League and Champions League.
Both players played at Euro 2004 when Portugal defeated England on penalties at the quarter-final stage, a match which saw Rooney suffer a broken foot and Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted that a game against England would be emotional especially playing against Wayne Rooney.
“A match against England would be very emotive for me – because of Wayne Rooney and because of many other things too. Roo [Rooney] is now a leader and that’s not a surprise,” he told the Sunday Mirror. “I was always convinced that he would be a star for England and, inevitably, captain one day. It’s a perfect role for him after the era of Beckham and Terry.For me, the character and pride of Rooney is unique – he’s still very important for England.”
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“I’ve watched some of England’s recent matches and they have been good to watch. They could do well this time.For me, England always have a chance to do well in big tournaments and this time they are arriving in France with some interesting young players who have a big future. The connection in the team and the team spirit looks positive.Both Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane have scored a lot of goals and had success this year too.”