Spot of bother: Rooney hands over penalty duties to Van Persie after series of misses
10:22 GMT, 2 February 2013
11:59 GMT, 2 February 2013
Wayne Rooney has announced will stop taking penalties for Manchester United and hand the responsibility over to strike partner Robin van Persie.
The England striker admitted his form from 12 yards has not been good enough and feels it is time to allow Van Persie to become the designated penalty taker.
Rooney’s record from the spot during his Old Trafford career is poor with 17 goals from 28 attempts and his most recent miss against West Ham in the FA Cup proved to be his last.
Over it goes: Wayne Rooney misses from the spot against West Ham
Ryan Giggs stepped up to take the spot kick against Fulham in the FA Cup last week – and scored – despite Rooney being on the pitch.
And Rooney said: 'To be honest, it was my choice. At a club like this, to miss two penalties the way I have and not hit the target was not good enough.
'I went in to speak with the manager and said, 'I spoke with Robin van Persie and said he can take them'.’
Rooney has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks with former United captain Roy Keane saying the miss against West Ham would be the 'last penalty' Rooney would take.
Over it goes: Rooney sees his effort go over the bar
Meanwhile, Sir Bobby Charlton has hailed Rooney and backed the Manchester United striker to join the growing list of players to reach a century of England caps.
Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole is set to become the seventh player to make 100 England appearances when Brazil visit Wembley on Wednesday, and Charlton fully expects Rooney – who has 78 caps at the age of 27 – to follow suit.
That's it: Rooney decided to stop taking penalties after this miss
Charlton, England's record goalscorer with 49 goals in 106 internationals, said in the new book England Centurions: 'Wayne Rooney has the potential to reach 100 caps and much more. He is a great talent, an automatic choice when we have a shortage of top international talent.'
Cole will follow in the footsteps of Peter Shilton (125), David Beckham (115), Bobby Moore (108), Charlton, Billy Wright (105) and Steven Gerrard (100) in reaching the milestone if he takes the field against Brazil.
Charlton said of the 32-year-old: 'Ashley Cole is a good player, and no-one could not be considered top quality to reach 100 caps, and also in top condition because it does demand stamina to play on for so long.
'So I would wish all those reaching 100 caps 'good luck'.'