Wayne Rooney made his punditry debut a few weeks ago on Sky Sports MNF and revealed that he would like to move into management once he calls time on his paying career.
The former England and Manchester United captain impressed viewers with his tactical knowledge, and was praised for providing excellent insight.
Rooney has since been speaking to BBC’s Football Focus, admitting his character and desire to constantly learn more about the game, can be at odds with his aggressive on-pitch persona.
“What people see on the pitch… they don’t see your qualities as a person. To have knowledge about football you have to learn it. How do you get better? How do you move forward? If you want to get into management, you only get better by studying.” he said.
The 32-year-old also revealed that advice given to him by former Old Trafford team-mates Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, has been key to his attitude towards playing and coaching.
“They said keep working, keep playing and study the game – that was the big one.
“I used to play off the cuff and that can only happen for so long, so then I really took an interest in studying the game, how different players play, different teams play and you realise the different styles.” he stated.
Rooney left Old Trafford last summer to return to his boyhood club Everton on a two-year-deal.
He has been in good form for the Toffees since his return, and is the club’s top scorer with 10 goals in 22 Premier League appearances.
The former England captain originally left Everton in 2004 to link up with Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
Rooney enjoyed a glittering career with United winning five Premier League and the Champions League during his 13 seasons with the club.
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