Wayne Rooney: I Could Have Turned To Priesthood If I Didn't Have Football

Rooney's favourite subject at school was one that few may have predicted...
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney yesterday revealed little interested him during his school years - apart from Religious Education.

And the England international added that he could have turned to the priesthood were it not for his ability on the pitch leading him to a career in professional football.

Rooney was speaking ahead of a campaign to search for the UK's best young street footballer.

“I haven’t a clue what else I could have done. I wasn’t really the best in school,” he said, according to The Sun.

“I always enjoyed RE — so maybe a priest.”

The suggestion will surprise many a football fan as Rooney is world renowned for his fiery temperament.

He was most famously sent off for England in the 2006 World Cup quarter-final defeat to Portugal after stamping on Ricardo Carvalho, though the forward insisted at the time that the incident was not intentional.

Rooney returns to Premier League action with Manchester United at Old Trafford against newly-promoted Birmingham City on the opening day of the season.

Jamie Dunn, Goal.com