But can Rooney see himself following the likes of Del Piero, Emile Heskey and, before them, Robbie Fowler and Dwight Yorke to Australia?
“You never know in football what’s going to happen,” he said. “I wouldn’t say never but it’s not something I’m looking at doing at the minute.”
For now, the Reds no.10 is thinking only of next summer’s visit.
“Hopefully the United fans in Australia enjoy us going out there and they enjoy the game. We want to bring some smiles to their faces and hopefully they can bring smiles to ours. It’s a new experience for us and I’m sure it will be a great occasion.”