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'It is a bit surreal' - Winks looking to learn from Rooney

10:32 GMT 14/11/2018
Wayne Rooney England press conference 2018
The Tottenham midfielder wants to gain as much as he can from training and playing alongside Man Utd and England's record goalscorer

Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks is keen to learn as much as he can from Wayne Rooney ahead of the striker’s England farewell.

England’s all-time record goalscorer will make his 120th appearance for the Three Lions on Thursday against the U.S. national team in a friendly at Wembley.

Rooney has been impressing in the United States in recent months after scoring 12 goals in 20 MLS appearances for D.C. United and helping them into the playoffs.

The 33-year-old, who made his England debut 15 years ago, is set to appear as a second-half substitute against the USMNT, and will now be playing alongside a crop of players who grew up idolising him.

One of those players is Winks, with the 22-year-old revealing it is surreal to get the opportunity to play with his childhood hero.

"I think some of the boys have probably played with him for England before but for me it is a bit surreal," he said.

"When I was young, growing up, you think of Wayne Rooney as England and all of the stuff he has done for his club and country it is amazing.

"To be in and around him and to train with him, you see his quality and his professionalism and he is definitely someone to learn off.

"When you are in and around someone like Wayne Rooney you have to take as much experience from him as possible.

"He has won everything, done everything and he is a top, top player - when you think of England you think of Wayne Rooney.”

Despite his status as England’s record goalscorer, Rooney failed to enjoy tournament success with the national team and the former Manchester United forward has challenged the new crop of talent to win a trophy after reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.

"Enjoy it," Rooney said.

"It's a huge honour in your career - probably the biggest honour you can have, to play for your country and represent them in a major tournament, so enjoy it.

"Obviously, it is not all going to be good every time, every tournament, every game, so just keep trying to learn and make sure you're one of the players that can try and bring a trophy back to England, which is long overdue."