Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney is ready to take on the Eric Cantona role at the club. Rooney accepts he has to be the one offering support and assistance, just as Cantona did to current England coach Gary Neville and his colleagues when they broke through at Old Trafford almost two decades ago.

"There are a lot of young players in the squad and I always try to speak to them and offer advice," said Rooney.

"I remember Alex Ferguson telling me what a big help Cantona was to all those younger players at United.

"It is something I can try do for England and hopefully help bring the best out of them, as they can bring the best out of me."