Could this be the defining moment for Barack Obama's re-election campaign?

The president has won the backing of none other than Wayne Rooney.

The Manchester United and England striker, not previously known for his political interventions, said that having watched the three debates between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, he thought the president should be given four more years.


Wayne Rooney
Watched all the presidential debates. If I had to vote would vote Obama.

No wonder Man U are not winning the league, their star player keeps staying up until 3.30am to watch C-SPAN.

With the polls narrowing and the election result on a knife edge Obama can probably do with as much support as he can get.

Although it is not clear how many of Rooney's 5,249,345 followers are actually able to vote in American elections, the Democrats may well be hoping at least a few of them live in Ohio.

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    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gestures beside his wife Ann following the third and final presidential debate with US President Barack Obama at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, October 22, 2012. The showdown focusing on foreign policy is being held in the crucial toss-up state of Florida just 15 days before the election and promises to be among the most watched 90 minutes of the entire 2012 campaign. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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    US President Barack Obama (2nd-R) and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney participate in the third and final presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, on October 22, 2012. The final debate before the November 6 election is focusing on foreign policy. Television journalist Bob Schieffer (R) moderates. AFP PHOTO / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann wave following the third and final presidential debate with US President Barack Obama at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, October 22, 2012. The showdown focusing on foreign policy is being held in the crucial toss-up state of Florida just 15 days before the election and promises to be among the most watched 90 minutes of the entire 2012 campaign. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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