WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 14: Wayne Rooney #9 of D.C. United looks on before playing against the Vancouver Whitecaps during his MLS debut at Audi Field on July 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

English striker Wayne Rooney has done it, he proved all critics wrong by taking D.C. United to the MLS Playoffs when nobody believed he could do it.

Everybody still remembers how Wayne Rooney was struggling to find his best form back at Everton in the Premier League, most of his critics believed that a move to the MLS wouldn’t work and his career was over.

But the England legend has bounced back in spectacular fashion, he has turned things around for D.C. United by helping the club from the capital get a staggering 39 points in the last 12 matches and scoring 12 goals of his own in the process.

Wayne Rooney’s influence has been way more important than just getting those goals, this is arguably one of the best English players in history who found a new calling at the right moment in the most unlikely of scenarios.

Today, the Manchester United legend has overcome all his demons and led the club from the capital reach the MLS Playoffs when everybody thought his career was completely over.

Alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s spectacular first season in the Western Conference, Rooney has helped the league take a step forward in the right direction with his amazing talent.

Now that he has managed to get the first objective, Rooney aims for a higher target as he will fight to win the Eastern Conference championship and then the league.

“I didn’t think too much about [what people say],” said Rooney about the people who doubted him at first during an interview for ESPN FC.

“People see what you put in on the football pitch, there’s no hiding place. If you come with the right attitude then people will see that, and if you don’t then they’ll see that.”

“It’s down to the player, either myself or others to have the right attitude and show which I’ve done my whole career. There’s games when you might not be at your best, but you keep working hard for the team — it’s what I’ve always done and will continue to do.”

“I think [we tried] to go on a bit of a run of winning games and bringing confidence back to the team,” Rooney added.

“Trying to build some momentum, mainly going into next season. I know it would be difficult to make the playoffs but we went on a great run with confidence and belief in ourselves.”

“We could feel the playoffs were getting closer and we need to try to kick on. We could finish fourth and could get a home tie in the first round of the playoffs which could be a difference for us.”

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Wayne Rooney’s possible return to Europe

Alongside the many rumors that have linked Zlatan Ibrahimovic to a possible European comeback, Wayne Rooney has also been linked to the chance of staying in shape before the next MLS season begins during the spring.

However, the English striker prefers to enjoy fatherhood and the many activities that the United States has to offer.

Seems that the former Everton player is taking this retirement business quite seriously and prefers saving his energy instead of draining himself like some other players who also played in the MLS did it in the past.

“No. I think I committed myself to D.C. And that’s why I’m going to give everything to D.C. In the offseason, I’ll stay here for a lot of that time with my children in school. I’ll go back during Christmas to see some family and friends,” said Rooney about the idea of going back to Europe.

“I’m committed to D.C. and I don’t think it’d be right for me to fly back and forth to play on loan with another team.”

It’s certainly is great looking at Wayne Rooney smiling again as a football player, we must enjoy his final years as a professional because he is one of those talents who will live in our memory until the day we die.

The day when this incredible striker announces that he is hanging up his boots for good, will be a very sad day for football indeed.

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