Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie have been playing alongside each other for two years, and it seems that they have forged a good friendship.
Even though they are rivals at the ongoing 2014 World Cup finals, the two Manchester United forwards are encouraging each other to do their best in Brazil.
Van Persie has been the better of the two players so far, having scored thrice in two matches for the Netherlands.
The 30-year-old former Arsenal captain was on target twice during the Oranje’s 5-1 thumping of Spain in their opening Group B game last week, and on Wednesday, he scored a brilliant goal against Australia.
The Netherlands were 2-1 down when Van Persie smashed in the equaliser after being teed up by Memphis Depay. Soon after the 2010 World Cup finalists made it 3-2 in their favour and eventually won the points to book their place in the round of 16.
Rooney took to social networking site Twitter to praise his United teammate, who did not wait long to reply, as you can see from the following exchange of messages.
England fans will hope that Rooney does what Van Persie did against Australia when the Three Lions take on Uruguay in their Group D clash on Thursday.
Roy Hodgson’s side lost their opening match 2-1 to Italy, with Rooney having a rather disappointing game by his standards.
Deployed on the left wing, the 28-year-old did provide the cross for Daniel Sturridge’s goal, but he did not look very comfortable or productive in this role.
Perhaps Rooney will play more centrally against Uruguay, and perhaps he will create a moment of magic that will keep alive England’s World Cup hopes...