Wayne Rooney is “ready” to fire England to World Cup glory
Rooney wants to silence his critics and claims he has a “massive role” to play in the team
June 12th, 2014
Wayne Rooney is once again under the microscope at a World Cup, with the 28-year-old hoping it is third time lucky after experiencing a tough time in Germany and South Africa.
The Manchester United forward has worked overtime to ensure he is 100% fit for Saturday’s opener against Italy, with Rooney having been criticised in certain quarters including some comments from former team-mate Paul Scholes.
However, the forward claims he is fully focused on the task in hand and hopes to play a key role in helping England out of a tricky Group D, with Roy Hodgson ready to deploy him in a number ten role behind Daniel Sturridge.
“I don’t care about what anyone says. I’m ready for this World Cup. I’m focused and I feel I’ve still got a massive role to play in this team,” he said.
“Of course there is competition for places, there always is playing for your country, but I’m ready for that and I’m not worried about anything. There is so much ability and it’s a joy to be a part of.
“I feel great. I feel 100% fit and ready for the tournament. I’m not going to sit here and say ‘expect this, expect that’ from me, I know how these tournaments work, but I will give my best for the team.”
Rooney claims this is the best-ever England squad in which he’s been involved, with the player happy to have competition for places with some of the younger members.
“It’s exciting. The younger players are bringing energy into the team and it’s great to be a part of.
“This is the best squad of players I’ve been involved in since I’ve been with England. I’m looking forward to the tournament and the future – it looks bright.
“Success and trophies are always what have motivated me at club and at England level. To win a trophy with England would be the greatest thing possible.”