Football: Wayne Rooney insists he has a 'lot of football left'

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney walking off the field after the match against Liverpool on Oct 17, 2016.
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney walking off the field after the match against Liverpool on Oct 17, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

London (AFP) - Wayne Rooney has insisted he has got a "lot of football left" amid suggestions his days as a regular starting player for Manchester United could be coming to a close.

United and England captain Rooney, who made his name as a goal-scoring forward, has been a substitute in five of the last six matches for club and country, including the Red Devils' goal-less draw away to arch-rivals Liverpool on Tuesday when he came on for Marcus Rashford.

And Rooney has no time for suggestions that he is now a 25-games-a-season player, insisting he wants to force his way back into the starting line-ups of both United manager Jose Mourinho and England interim boss Gareth Southgate.

"I'd like to think I can play every game, but obviously it's the manger's decision and I respect the decision," he said. "I'll be ready when needed.

"Not in my mind (do I think I've reached the point when I accept only getting 25 games a season). Maybe in other people's minds but not mine.

"I'm 31 next week. I've got a lot of football left."

Rooney's next chance to start for United will come in Thursday's Europa League match against Fenerbahce.