Asked which leader had inspired him most, Rooney did not hesitate.
He declared: “Roy Keane, without doubt, having played with him for a couple of years and seen how he played on the pitch and dealt with things off it.
“He was vocal on the pitch and helped me off it. He was a great captain.
“I was lucky enough to play with him and, hopefully, I can gain some of his qualities in my own game.
“I’ve had a few rollickings off him and we had a few debates. We both wanted to win and sometimes, when you want to win, it’s not always about sitting down and talking quietly.
“You have a go at each other purely to try and get the best out of each other.
“If you saw the way he was with the other senior players, it was the same as with the younger players. He was not afraid to tell everybody how he felt and how he wanted them to perform.
“He treated everyone the same. He wanted to win and he wanted his team to win. That was a great quality.”