Thierry Henry has written in The Sun that England youngsters such as Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling should learn from Wayne Rooney.
Manchester United forward Rooney is the captain of the current England squad and was on target for the Three Lions against Lithuania on Friday.
The 29-year-old scored as early as the sixth minute to help England register a comfortable 4-0 win in the friendly international at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Rooney also hit the woodwork twice and was substituted in the 72nd minute of the encounter, with Tottenham striker Kane coming on in his place.
Former Arsenal striker Henry was impressed with what he saw of Rooney, and has urged Kane and Liverpool youngster Sterling to learn from the former Everton star.
“England will be back training today before flying to Turin tomorrow for Tuesday’s friendly with Italy,” the former France international wrote in The Sun on Sunday.
“I would absolutely urge all those youngsters in the squad, such as Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane, to watch and learn off Rooney from this day onwards.
“They are extremely lucky to be on the same training pitch as this guy and they must make the most of it. It will be a real waste if they do not.
“They must try to copy him, in terms of his dedication and the way he plays. I would also say this to the young lads at Manchester United.”
Rooney is one of the best players in the world and is indeed a role model for many young footballers.
Sterling is only 20 years of age and has been playing regular first-team football for Liverpool for almost two seasons.
The youngster is rated as one of the best in his age group in Europe, and he could do well to follow in the footsteps of Rooney.
Rooney burst onto the scene as a teenager when he was back at Everton and has had loads of pressure heaped onto him.
The Englishman has responded to that pressure well over the years, his hard work and dedication to the cause for England and United a marvel to behold.