England coach Gary Neville pleased with striker's form and fitness
Gary Neville reckons Wayne Rooney has turned into a lean, mean fighting machine.
Rooney was criticised in some quarters for his display in Manchester United’s defeat to Everton on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
But the 26-year-old has benefited hugely from the time off he was forced to take when he suffered a badly gashed thigh against Fulham.
Although he has still to get off the mark for his club, Rooney has been outstanding in a midfield role behind Robin van Persie.
And he marked his first competitive game as England captain with two goals in Friday's win over San Marino.
His return to form has left England Coach and former Old Trafford team-mate Neville delighted with what he has seen.
Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live, he said: "Rooney is best when he plays like the street kid – fights for every ball, loves playing football, wants to take every free-kick, every throw-in, tackles, heads, fights like he has the passion to win.
"The last couple of weeks, coming back from injury, I've seen a lean, fit, hungry Rooney.
"He looks like he is up for the next challenge in his career, to maintain his position at Manchester United."