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Hopes on Rooney

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, May 15, 2014

IN the latest Nike advertisement, England striker Wayne Rooney is seen blasting through a parked bus in front of the goalmouth into the top corner.

The 15 seconds advert promoting the brand footwear shows the Manchester United marksman blazing through the Brazilian defence to score that super goal.

He posted the advert on his Instagram account with the message "Want to know what to do when your opponent parks the bus? #riskeverything".

Apparently, Rooney, who has played in the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups, hasn't enjoyed much success in his international career.

His performance with the Red Devils made him the star he is today and probably one of the most prolific finishers in the game.

England coach Roy Hodgson has included Rooney in his 23-member squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Can the 28-year-old deliver like he did in the Nike advert?

Well, this maybe his last World Cup and surely he will be at his best to help end the long drought that England has had in the tournament held every four years.

The Three Lions won its first and only world cup in 1966 and their best finish in the tournament recently was in 1990 where the side lost in the semi-finals.

Hodgson has named an interesting side for the 2014 World Cup.

It is a good mix of some experienced World Cup players and exciting rookies but if you look at the England group, the side is set to face an uphill battle.

Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica stand in their way.

The English will need more than the fiery Rooney attempt.

England squad:

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Celtic), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Hart (Manchester City).

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Forwards: Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).

Standby: John Ruddy (Norwich City), Jon Flanagan (Liverpool), John Stones (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Andy Carroll (West Ham United), Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC).


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