Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has dismissed suggestions that he may be past his best. Former teammate Paul Scholes recently suggested that the world is the best of Rooney at the age of 26. While many consider the 29 to be the peak of a footballer’s career, Scholes argued that Rooney may have attended his peak much earlier than other players since he started playing top-level football when he was just 16. Rooney made his debut as a young teenager for Everton. He still remains as one of the youngest players ever to make the debut in the Premier league.
The England international will be heading into the World Cup 2014 looking to finally realise his potential at a major tournament. Despite having won a lot of trophies at club level, he has been disappointing at international level. Many reckon that this would be the final opportunity for Rooney to show that he should be considered in the same breath as Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi. Scholes even went as far as saying that Rooney may not continue playing football after 32. Rooney has responded to those allegations by saying that he feels that he is at the best moment of his career.
England will be coming up against Italy and Uruguay in the World Cup group stages. “To be honest, I’m not really interested in what anyone else has got to say. I’m interested in what Roy Hodgson, the coaching staff and the people around me say. People have their opinions but I don’t agree with them. He [Scholes] has been a team-mate of mine but he’s also been away from the [Manchester United] first team for a long time. I’ve seen a lot of you [journalists] saying he’s coached me and been around the team but he hasn’t,” said Rooney.