Wayne Rooney hails “incredible Daniel Sturridge” ahead of England v Italy match

Rooney hoping he can team up with Sturridge to hurt the Azzurri in Manaus

Wayne Rooney hails “incredible Daniel Sturridge” ahead of England v Italy match

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June 13th, 2014

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Wayne Rooney will form part of an attacking trident on Saturday night, with the Manchester United man likely to operate centrally behind Daniel Sturridge as England open their 2014 World Cup account against Italy.

Rooney has been massively impressed by the season that Sturridge has enjoyed for Liverpool and hopes that he can strike up a good understanding with the former Manchester City and Chelsea forward for their country.

“They’ve certainly been the best two frontmen in the Premier League this season, that’s for sure,” said Rooney of Suarez and Sturridge, who scored 48 Premier League goals between them.

“It’s easier (to build a partnership) at a club, where you have more time together, but we’ve had time to work on stuff where we haven’t in the past. Hopefully we’ll see the benefits of that.

“He has turned into a top, top striker and it’s great to see,” Rooney added.

“(Liverpool manager) Brendan Rodgers deserves a lot of credit for his progress.

“He’s been at Man City, went on loan Bolton and didn’t get a chance at Chelsea, where he played out wide on the right and then was left out of the team.

“He went to Liverpool and played almost every game. His goalscoring record is incredible. He’s unpredictable, and that makes him hard to mark for defenders.

“He’s a big player for us. That’s a quality of his.”

Roy Hodgson is still mulling over whether to play Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana or Danny Welbeck on the right wing and left wing, with Sterling potentially the player to miss out on a place in the starting XI.

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