Wayne Rooney: 'Prem coaches must put 'more faith' in English youth'
• Rooney, who is preparing to make his MLS debut with D.C. United on Saturday watched England's World Cup semi-final defeat at a Washington restaurant and said he was "devastated" to see the young team fall to Croatia in extra-time.
• Wayne Rooney has told ESPN that England will find more international success if foreign Premier League coaches have "a little bit more faith in young English players."
Playing. Just to continue playing in their clubs," Rooney said on Thursday. "I think there are more homegrown players, well not more, but homegrown players get a chance and they stay in the team, in particularly [in] Germany, Italy.
"In England, they have a lot of foreign coaches who buy players in, players that they maybe know and play them all the time.
"I think only because of performances -- for Manchester United, Jesse Lingard got the opportunity to go and play in every game at the World Cup for England. So I think a little bit more faith in young English players will help the national team."
"Well I think if you rewind and go back two years I remember I was captain, I come out to the media and I said, 'Be patient with these players, these players are a very talented group of players, and will be successful for England if we allow them to be and give them time,'" Rooney said.
"It may be a little bit sooner than I thought, I thought maybe 2020, but I think the players since then in the two years have progressed along at club level. Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane continuing, Dele Alli, they've all progressed a lot in two years and brought a lot to the national team and Jesse Lingard as well, [Marcus] Rashford coming in. I wasn't surprised, no."