Wayne Rooney pumped for England v Germany clash
England face the Germans on Tuesday night looking to bounce back from Friday’s surprise home reverse against Chile, with Wayne Rooney relishing the chance to face one of the Three Lions’ biggest rivals.
November 18th, 2013
Germany are ranked second in the world and will provide a stiff test of England’s credentials, although the Manchester United forward is looking forward to the game and believes that a win against the visitors would provide a welcome boost ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
Rooney said: “It’s nice to beat anyone, but especially the Germans. It’s always nice when you beat them (German opposition).
“It’s great when you beat the big teams. When we beat Brazil here (in February) it gave everybody a lift and to get the draw away at Brazil (in June) was a great result for us.
“It’s important that we try to win the game but I think it’s important we try to deliver what the manager wants from us on the pitch.”
Hodgson is likely to play a stronger starting XI against a German team that might also be showing several changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Italy. Mesut Ozil will be rested for Tuesday’s encounter, with Rooney expecting a Premier League-style contest between the two sides.
“We want to put the ideas of the manager into the game and sometimes you do a lot of it, sometimes if you are not fully focused or don’t do it then you get punished,” Rooney said.
“Against Chile we did some good things but they caught us by surprise with the way they played.
“That has gone now and we have to look forward to the game coming up on Tuesday.
“It will be a completely different game. It will be a game we’re used to a bit more. The Germany game will be more similar to a Premier League game.”