Wayne Rooney celebrates his 30th birthday on Saturday, but the Manchester United striker insists he has “a lot of years” left at the top level.
The England skipper’s approaching landmark combined with his poor form this season have left some questioning how long the striker can play on for. Rooney has been playing in the Premier League for 14 years, and a footballer’s 30th birthday is often seen as the first day of his decline.
But for Rooney, the finishing line is not in sight. He insists he has just as much life in him as he did when he burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old for Everton.
“I physically feel good and obviously it’s a big birthday in anyone’s life, your 30th birthday, but in terms of me and football I still feel I am still young enough, and that I have a lot of years ahead of me,” the forward said ahead of United’s Champions League game against CSKA Moscow.
“I have had no major muscle injuries and I think, with all the support we get, it’s still a fairly young age and hopefully I have got a lot of years to come.”