Manchester United legend Eric Cantona is worried Wayne Rooney’s career at the top could be over within five years.
At 20, Rooney is a key player for Manchester United and England, but Cantona fears his career path could follow that of Robbie Fowler.
“I love Rooney as a player. But I am a bit worried. Rooney can become the best player in the world at 25, 26, if he knows that in football you need to be strong, train hard, go to bed early, be careful what you are eating, what you are drinking, what you do in life,” Cantona told the Guardian.
“That is very, very important. All the best players in the world knew all the time these kinds of things are very important.
“If he realises that at 25, 26, then Rooney will be in the best three players in the world.
“At the same time, I am a bit worried, that at 25, 26, he could be out of the best teams, out of England, out of the best 100 players. Completely out.
“I am sure Alex Ferguson is very strong and will help. Rooney is still young. But somebody needs to say it to him. The last time I saw him I wanted to say it but I saw him only quickly.”
Fowler is back at Anfield rebuilding his career with Liverpool but is not the same player Cantona remembers.
“Fowler was so good at 18, and four, five years later, at 23 or 24, finished, not even [playing regularly] for England, not even for the best teams. Finished. Completely. Out. Why?”