Last updated : 29 August 2004 By Editor

"I would have liked to have got an English side. I would love to play a side from England in the Champions League. Going back to England as a Real Madrid player would be amazing for me.

"I'd love to play United."

More platitudes from the England captain, this time about Rooney:

"You have two great managers who can look after any player, I think when you have two teams as big as Newcastle and Manchester United after you then it's an honour.

"They don't come any better than the two managers who are at those teams, so he'll be in good hands wherever he goes.

"(Alex Ferguson) brought me into the team and gave me the chance when others wouldn't have done so, when he just put all the youngsters in and had faith in us.

"We think we helped the club win trophies and without Alex Ferguson's guidance, we wouldn't have grown up as we have done.

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