Wayne Rooney admits he expects the controversial new mooted European Super League to happen.

But he claims there could yet be some positive spin-offs for the Premier League and lower leagues in England.

And he reckons he has also played and won a prototype tournament called the 'International Champions Cup' in 2014 in Miami in pre-season.

But Manchester United and England's record scorer says he will turn on the proposal if it ends up harming fans.

United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Tottenham are among 12 clubs who have agreed to join a new European Super League (ESL).

In a seismic move for European football, the Premier League clubs will join AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid.

The ESL said the founding clubs had agreed to establish a "new midweek competition" with teams continuing to "compete in their respective national leagues" despite a furious backlash from other governing bodies.

The Derby boss assessed: “It looks like it probably will happen.

Wayne Rooney expects the European Super League to go ahead
Wayne Rooney expects the European Super League to go ahead

“The people in charge of these clubs are not stupid.

“The only hope is the English Premier League is protected and rewarded in some way.

“I am sure the Premier League will always be a priority for clubs.

“The protection of the Premier League and football pyramid is the most important thing.

“I am sure whatever discussions these clubs are having, that will be taken into consideration.

“If this is something on top of what we have already got and the competitions they are playing in , then it is a decision for those clubs to take.

“If it is something that is going to help Non League and Championship, League one and League Two, rather than jump the gun I think we should wait and see what information comes out.

“It might be some good comes from it.

“I think football is working fine at the minute, let's see if they are looking to improve that or whether it is a backward step.”

But United and England's record scorer admits he wouldn't have given up playing international football to feature in it were he still playing amid threats of bans for participants.

He added: “I know I certainly wouldn't give up playing for my country.”

But he feels the Champions Cup , which he won with United in 2014, was a similar concept.

Rooney said: “We actually almost played in a competition which they are talking about in the Champions Cup in pre-season.

Rooney helps Man Utd win the International Champions Cup 2014 final in Miami
Rooney helps Man Utd win the International Champions Cup 2014 final in Miami

“You had Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and had all these teams in it.

“I am sure they are looking on expanding that and taking that away from the pre-season and doing it during the season.

“We actually won the Champions Cup and we played in the final against Liverpool.

“That was the game I wanted to win for obviously reasons.

“The other games were more about fitness.

“How they have moved on from that I don't know.

“Let's see what information comes out.

“Playing Liverpool in the United States is no where near playing Liverpool at Anfield or Old Trafford.

“I don't know where these games will be held or what impact it is going to have on the Premier League, FA Cup or Championship or League One and League Two.”

Rooney's former United team-mate Gary Neville has already let rip in a no holds-barred attack amid widespread condemnation of the ESL.

Gary Neville has launched an impassioned attack on plans for a breakaway European Super League
Gary Neville has launched an impassioned attack on plans for a breakaway European Super League

Rooney added: “What Gary Neville is saying, a lot of it is right.

“Once the information is released, I am sure there are a lot of people who will be animated if it is not the right information. One being myself.

“If they totally break away from the Premier League and Cup competitions, I don't think that will be a great look.

“But there is more money in football now like most sports.

“That is the way entertainment has gone and you have to live in those times.

European Super League announcement fallout

“But I can speak from working at Manchester United for such a long time.

“The last thing Manchester United would try and jeopardise is the relationship with the fans.

“I know that for a fact.

“I know everything they will be looking at will be from the point of view of helping the club move forward and help the fans stay involved.

“Let's wait and see what information comes out whether it is good news or bad news.”