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Wayne Rooney insists he is
ready to step up and lead by
example in his new role as Man-
chester United captain.
Manager Louis van Gaal named
Rooney as the new United skipper
on Tuesday night following the 2-
1 friendly win over Valencia.
Before handing him the arm-
band, Van Gaal reminded Rooney
he must be a role model for United
players and fans both on the pitch
and off it.
His indiscipline has cost him in
the past, but Rooney says he is
now up to the task of being a
responsible and successful cap-
"It s a massive role to take on
---I m aware of that, the respon-
sibility of it---and I feel I m ready
at this stage in my career to do it,"
Rooney told United Uncovered.
"I spoke to the manager and he
decided that I was right to take
the role which I am delighted with.
It s a great honour.
"I will perform the role as best
I can and hopefully help the team
to be successful."
Rooney has been stand-in cap-
tain on several occasions during
his 10-year spell at United, but
this is the first time he has been
given the honour on a full-time
Luckily for the Merseysider, he
has played under some of the
game s most highly-respected cap-
Roy Keane s fighting spirit made
him arguably the best United cap-
tain of all time, while Nemanja
Vidic and Gary Neville earned
praise for leading by example.
Rooney, who is favourite to
become the next England captain,
has also played under David Beck-
ham, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand,
and Steven Gerrard for the national
"I ve played under some great
captains for club and country so
I will take a little bit of what they
have brought to the role and try
to use that," Rooney added.
"Then I ll try to lead the players
on the pitch with hard work, ded-
ication, and that s what we really
want to do---we want to show the
fans that we care and want to win."
Robin van Persie was tipped to
take the armband because of his
close relationship with Van Gaal,
but Rooney got the nod ahead of
the former Arsenal striker.
Rooney thinks his determination
to get the best out of his team-
mates gave him the edge over his
"I think I m quite vocal on the
pitch and in the dressing room,"
"I think the manager has looked
at that and seen that I m always
trying to get the best out of myself
and my team-mates and to
encourage as well. I m sure that
was a big factor in the manager
to lead the way
Man United vs Swansea City
West Brom vs Sunderland
Stoke City vs Aston Villa
Leicester City vs Everton
QPR vs Hull City
West Ham vs Tottenham
Luis Suarez of Uruguay during a training session at the
Sports Centre FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in San Joan
Despi, Barcelona, Spain, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Suarez trains for first
time with Barcelona
BARCELONA---Luis Suarez says he s ready to put
his latest episode of gross misconduct behind him
after his first practice with Barcelona, a day after
his suspension for biting an opponent was soft-
Suarez said yesterday he was "very happy to feel
like a football player again" after training with Lionel
Messi, Andres Iniesta and the rest of his new team-
mates at Barcelona s practice grounds outside the
On Thursday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport
upheld FIFA s decision to ban Suarez from playing
for four months but lessened its restriction on other
football-related activities, including practicing and
Suarez called his biting of Italy s Giorgio Chiellini
at the World Cup in June an error. It was his third
biting incident in his career.
"It has been a difficult, complicated situation
because I was in a situation that made me feel
uncomfortable, and I was paying for an error I made
and had apologised for," Suarez said. "But I have to
forget it, forget all of that, and think of the future
and the present, which is being at this great club
where I had dreamed of playing."
The CAS ruling meant Suarez will be eligible to
play in the friendly at Camp Nou on Monday, when
the team under new coach Luis Enrique will be pre-
sented to its fans.
The Uruguay forward won t be able to play a
competitive match until October 25.
"Now I have to wait to play again," Suarez said.
"I have to be ready for when it is my turn."
Suarez transferred to Barcelona from Liverpool
for a reported fee of 97 million euros ($130 million)
after his ignominious exit from the World Cup. (AP)
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