I am going to get even better says Rooney
Wayne Rooney maintains there is more to come from him, for both club and country, after last night collecting the 2010 Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award.
The 24-year-old Manchester United and England striker topped the poll of journalists with just over 81pc of a record number of votes cast, finishing ahead of Chelsea forward Didier Drogba and Manchester City's Carlos Tevez to win the prestigious accolade, which has been running since 1948.
Both United boss Alex Ferguson and England manager Fabio Capello were present to watch Rooney, who led Manchester United's ultimately unsuccessful challenge to Chelsea for the Premier League title, receive his award at the FWA's gala dinner at the Lancaster London Hotel.
Rooney, who is recovering from a niggling groin problem, scored 34 goals in all competitions and is integral to England's World Cup hopes in South Africa next month.
The striker, however, has no intentions of resting on his laurels.
"I am only 24. Hopefully I can progress and the best years are still ahead of me," he said.
"I am always learning every day, and take things in from all my team-mates, both at United and with England.
"As a player you are never the finished article. I want to keep learning and getting better."
Rooney felt it was a privilege to follow the likes of World Cup winners Bobby Moore and Bobby Charlton to be named Footballer of the Year.
The striker admitted he could not see a future outside the game and revealed he intended to stay involved in the game for many years to come.
"I would like to (step into management)," Rooney said. "I started doing my coaching badges this year, and probably did not do as many classes as I would have liked.
"Hopefully I can continue them next year. I love football and enjoy football -- I can't see myself running a restaurant, I want to be in football."