Wayne Rooney has today sung the praises of his new team mate, Robin van Persie, claiming that he has had a great impact on the whole team.

“Of course everyone knows he is a fantastic player and he has a calmness about him – I think he’s great for the whole team,” he said. “He’s a talisman and if you can get players around him and feeding off him it’s great for all of us; myself, Chicharito and all the midfield players as well. Last season at Arsenal was his best season in the Premier League goal-scoring wise, and he has changed his game to play on the shoulder more, to get into better goalscoring positions. Obviously he’s a great finisher but I think he’s a lot stronger and can hold the ball up better than you would think. He’s a fantastic player and he’s great around the squad as well.”