Rooney Falls Under Heavy Expectations

Wayne Rooney has accepted that he will be required to deliver the goods for the England national team in the World Cup 2014. The Manchester United striker heads into the tournament at the peak of his career. Expectations will be high from him especially after a poor campaign with United in which he was one of their better players. Rooney was recently subjected to criticism from several pundits after he has failed to deliver for the national team at major tournaments.

This is likely to be the best opportunity Rooney has in his hands, as he goes into the tournament as the clear star with the national team. The 28-year-old is also expected to be played in his favourite position – just behind the main striker. Rooney is yet to find the back of the net in eight World Cup appearances. However, he has stated that he is deserving of the ability to lead the attack of the national team when they take on Italy in the opening match. This will be followed by an encounter against Costa Rica, which England are expected to win quite comfortably, before finishing the group stages against Uruguay.

Despite suggestions that his Manchester United teammate Danny Welbeck will miss the Italy match, Rooney confirmed that it was not the case. “The future is bright, there’s so much ability in the team. The younger players are bringing a lot of energy and excitement to the team. It’s probably the best squad I’ve been a part of with England. It’s a joy to be a part of. I still feel I have a massive role to play in the team. Danny [Welbeck] will be fine, I’m sure he will be ready for Saturday. He’s just not risked anything today,” said the England international, who scored 19 goals last season.

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