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Bournemouth striker Defoe: Rooney and family will enjoy MLS

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe says Wayne Rooney will enjoy his football in MLS.

The Everton forward is due to join DC United.

“His family would love it. It is a different lifestyle," the former Toronto FC striker told Sky Sports.

“There is not so much pressure on and off the pitch. He could probably enjoy his life a little bit without constantly watching what you do and the things you say.

“Of course you are still going to get recognised but if you speak to someone like Thierry [Henry], when he went to New York, he literally used to walk around town and no one used to say anything to him. Imagine Thierry Henry doing that in north London when he was at Arsenal? Impossible.

David Beckham was the same. Of course, Becks would have got stopped in LA but I think he still goes there now.

“So it is just that different lifestyle. When you have been in that bubble for so long, sometimes you get to a point where you want to just breathe and live your life.

“The football side of it - for me, I don't feel like there was that much pressure because even little things like in England, after games, you go home after games and you watch Match of the Day.

“You listen to the pundits because you want to hear what they are saying, not just about you, but the other players.

“In the MLS, I felt like the pressure you get is the pressure from yourself to perform. You can just enjoy your football."

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