Wayne Rooney wants early goals against San Marino
Wayne Rooney will lead out the England team for Friday night’s World Cup qualifier against San Marino, with the Manchester United forward eyeing a fast start against a team who are expecting to be heavily beaten at Wembley.
October 12th, 2012
This is the first competitive England match where Rooney has taken the armband and he is hoping that the Three Lions can force an early break through before scoring several more goals against one of the European minnows of football.
He said: “I’ve played at club level against lower league teams in cup competitions, and they do make it difficult for you.
“They get players behind the ball, so you have to break them down. The key is to get an early goal. Then we can kick on from there.”
Roy Hodgson was slightly more pragmatic with his view of the game and the preparation has already started for Tuesday’s match in Poland where Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard will return to the team.
Hodgson said: “There are 90,000 coming to watch so we want to win the game and we’d like to do that by scoring a few goals.
“A good result is a win and a good performance. Beyond that I’m not prepared to quantify it.
“I want to see evidence the players are doing what I want them to do, whether that’s 1-0 or 10-0.
“How many teams are going to score five in Moldova? They’re not that bad. So we have a head start in that way.”