By David Woods

21st Jun, 2018 | 2:29pm

Steven Gerrard urges Rooney to leave Everton and make MLS switch this summer

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has urged Wayne Rooney to make the switch to the MLS this summer.

Rooney still has a year left on his contract at Goodison and is debating a move to DC United after being in talks with the American club for weeks.

Everton won’t stand in his way if he wants to move and Gerrard thinks it’s time for Rooney to leave the Premier League.

Gerrard left Liverpool to move to the MLS and thinks his former England teammate should now take the plunge.

Talking in the Daily Mail, Rooney said: “I hope he does, I hope he makes it. I enjoyed my time at the MLS and enjoyed the life experience

“I think where Wayne is now in his career I think it would be great for him and his family to go and settle in an incredible state and see a lot of America.

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“It is certainly a life experience I’ll never forget and I hope he goes and has the same.

“The league is a good league, the players are fit and mobile and it is competitive and I enjoyed it at that stage of my career.”

Football Insider verdict:

Rooney’s powers are waning. He was never the sort of player who was going to carry on playing at the top level until his mid-late thirties and we think Gerrard has got it right. Rooney won’t be going for the money, but as an experience for him and his family, the States offers something completely different. The return to his boyhood club, Everton, didn’t really work out that well, which is sad, but Rooney has had an amazing career and it’s time for him to go to a level where he can enjoy playing football in a slightly less bruising environment. Rooney would boss the MLS and could enjoy two or three years while he works out what he wants to do next. Rangers fans might have been hoping that Gerrard would be trying to convince him to come to Ibrox, but that was a fantasy move that was never on the cards, despite wild rumours earlier in the summer. 

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