Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has highlighted one of the key differences that separated old and new school players.
Chatting in his weekly column for The Times, Rooney relived a tense moment where he had to confront a young Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard at United’s training grounds.
“I do remember one time, coming into training at United the day after a defeat, still feeling very annoyed and walking into the dressing room with Michael Carrick,” Rooney wrote.
“We found Jesse and Paul dancing in there with the music on. I went over, turned it off and took the speakers out of the dressing room – because that’s my mindset, that’s how I’ve grown up in football.
“Paul and Jesse accepted it, because I was the senior player, but in hindsight, they were not doing anything wrong, not hurting anyone, and it was just my old-school mentality kicking in.
But the former England striker concluded to accept that players of different eras are just not cut from the same cloth.
“As Rio Ferdinand has said, players of our generation just have to get used to this generation and what has changed,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, England has a 2020 Euro semi-final game to host against Denmark in London this week.
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