England can't rely on Rooney, warns Scholes

The retired midfielder feels that his former Manchester United team-mate does not reliably translate his fine club form to the international stage

By Anugerah Pamuji

Paul Scholes has warned that England should not rely too heavily on Wayne Rooney at the World Cup this summer.

The 28-year-old made a big splash in his first international tournament at Euro 2004 but has since failed to light up the world stage despite maintaining a good scoring record for Manchester United.

“England can’t rely on Rooney,” Scholes told Goal. “He has never been able to replicate his club form consistently at the international level.”

The veteran was among several of the ‘Class of ’92’ who assisted Ryan Giggs during the Welshman’s spell as interim manager towards the end of the season but was not kept on as part of new boss Louis van Gaal’s full-time coaching staff.

Scholes revealed that he is working on his qualifications but has no particular job lined up for when they are complete.

“I am taking my coaching badge and willing to see what comes from it day by day,” he declared. “Nothing planned.”

Of Van Gaal’s new regime, Scholes remarked: “United needs to do what United does best, play attacking football.

“Players need to enjoy their football again so they can be their most creative and deadly.”

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