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David Moyes: It is a terrific time for Wayne professionally


Former Manchester United manager David Moyes believes Wayne Rooney is enjoying one of the best spells of his career.

The striker was named the new England captain by manager Roy Hodgson last month and Moyes agrees with the decision.

"It is a terrific time for Wayne professionally and he is ready for it," Moyes told The Sun.

"At this time in his career, I am sure he wants to take on that extra responsibility the captaincies bring. It could make him an even better player.

"He wants to show that development, he has proved he is a top player, now he will want to show he can take on the responsibility and be a top captain.

"He has always been a very determined person, determined to prove himself.

"He has proved himself a great player, now he will want to prove himself as a great captain and I think he will.

"He will want to lift trophies for United and England."

The 28-year-old was disappointing for club and country last season, failing to live up to his expectations, but Moyes believes the striker still has a lot to offer to the Red Devils.

"Some people might wonder if we have seen the best of him. I don't. I still believe he is one of the best in the Premier League," added Moyes.

"There will always be young players pushing hard for his place but right now I don't believe there is anyone who can dislodge him for club and country.

"In time, I can see him moving further back on the pitch and becoming a midfielder, and a good one at that.

"He has a great range of passing and understanding of the game, someone who can play in any position.

"He was even pretty good in goal! But he still has that instinct as a striker."

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