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​Capello: Rooney lost everything before MLS move

Former England manager Fabio Capello believes that Wayne Rooney needed his move to America.

Rooney has lit up the MLS since joining DC United, helping a team that was bottom of the table into the playoffs.

And Capello feels that Rooney's career had been going on a downward trajectory in England before the move.

The Italian said at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco: "Rooney is a good player, but I saw the season when he returned to Everton and he didn't perform well.

"He was on the pitch like a different person. He was not with the team. It was not the Rooney I remember - fighting, running - nothing. He lost everything, all his characteristics.

"He decided to go to America. The football is different, it's a new experience and a lot of Italian players go there at the end of their careers."

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