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Valencia skipper Soldado full of praise for Man Utd star Rooney

Valencia captain Roberto Soldado admits he's a huge fan of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

Soldado has revealed his ­admiration for the man nicknamed Wazza.

The Valencia hero told the new Champions Matchday magazine: "If I look across the Champions League, the guy I most look forward to watching is Rooney."

The United striker, 27 on ­Wednesday, scored England's goal in Poland last week in the delayed World Cup qualifier.

But Soldado said: "Previously, he was more of a centre-forward - a goalscorer. But now he's the type who defends a lot, whose game is growing. He's on the ball a lot more now and very mobile.

"While there's some distance ­between the two of us, given that he has won many more things than me, his changes reflect what I'm ­trying to do in my game.

"Perhaps I'll score slightly fewer goals but I'm adding a great deal more to the team play.

"Like Rooney, I'm more involved in defensive work than I was. When I started as a striker, I thought that all I had to do was be ready to ­attack.

"I hung high up the pitch - not working back, not really bringing anything else but goals.

"Now, I try to show maturity and responsibility in the dressing room."

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