Wayne Rooney ready to mirror Eric Cantona

Wayne Rooney
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Wayne Rooney says that he is ready to help nurture the younger players in the England squad.

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney is ready to assume the 'Eric Cantona' role by helping to nurture the younger England players.

Despite being just 26-year-old, Rooney is regarded as one of the most experienced players in the Three Lions squad having already earned 76 caps for his country.

The striker is likely to captain England on Friday in the absence of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, and he is ready to help out his teammates just like Cantona did to the likes of David Beckham at Old Trafford.

"There are a lot of young players in the squad and I always try to speak to them and offer advice," said Rooney.

"I remember Alex Ferguson telling me what a big help Cantona was to all those younger players at United.

"It is something I can try to do for England and hopefully help bring the best out of them, as they can bring the best out of me."

England host San Marino in a World Cup qualifying match on Friday.

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