Joe Hart ‘proud’ to play with Wayne Rooney for England

by Sid Choudhary

Joe Hart has heaped praise on Wayne Rooney and said that he is “proud” to have played so many games alongside the England captain.

The 29-year-old overtook Sir Bobby Charlton to become England’s leading goalscorer last month after netting a late penalty against Switzerland at Wembley.

Both players have been international teammates since 2008, and despite playing for rivals Manchester City, Hart has been very complimentary when talking about Rooney’s influence on the game.

“I’m proud to have played a lot of games with Wayne”, Hart said.

“He has grown into a great captain and whatever form he is in he gives his all for the team. I don’t think anyone in the game would say a bad word about him. I certainly don’t. I am very proud to have him as my captain.”

Despite breaking Charlton’s England record at the beginning of September, Rooney has struggled domestically for Manchester United so far this season, and has been criticised by large sections of fans for some below-par performances.

While there is no doubting Rooney’s place as a great for both club and country, Louis van Gaal faces a selection dilemma over the next few weeks. If United are really intent on challenging on all fronts this term, it is hard to envisage Rooney retaining his place in the team, with the likes of Andreas Pereira, Ander Herrera and James Wilson all vying for game time.

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