Fiji Time: 4:37 PM on Friday 27 May

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Rooney to deliver at World Cup

Afp
Saturday, May 24, 2014

LISBON - England striker Wayne Rooney says there will be no excuses if he fails to deliver for his country at the 2014 World Cup.

Rooney broke through on the international stage at the 2004 European championship as an 18-year-old when his performances earned him a place in the team of the tournament but his subsequent displays at major competitions have been undermined by injuries.

The Manchester United forward was rushed back from a metatarsal injury in time for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where he was sent off in England's quarter-final loss to Portugal, while his preparations for the tournament in South Africa were hampered by an ankle problem.

However, the 28-year-old insists he has fully recovered from a groin injury that caused him to miss the final three games of the Premier League season.

"I have no issues whatsoever and I am ready for this tournament," Rooney told British media at England's pre-World Cup training camp in the Algarve on Thursday.

"I am going to give everything and leave everything on the pitch.

"I've been here before and I've said what I feel I can deliver and what I can do and it hasn't happened.

"I think this is the one where I have to show what I can do. I believe I am in the best possible shape and the best condition I can be in to do that."

Rooney, who has yet to score at a World Cup, believes the finals in Brazil represent his best chance to belatedly leave his mark on the world stage.

"For me personally, I feel the World Cup in 2018, I'll be a bit older then so it will obviously be difficult to impact that the way I believe I can do.

"So, I feel this is the really last big one that I feel will probably get the best out of me. I feel ready, fresh and as good as I can do to go into this tournament.

"There will be no excuses this time if I don't perform."

Rooney and his teammates will start their campaign against Italy on June 14 before further Group D clashes with Uruguay and Costa Rica.

The striker believes the blend of youth and experience in Roy Hodgson's side will serve England well.

"I believe we can go far. I believe we've got the players and our aim is to win the tournament.

"We don't want to be going there saying we would be happy getting to a quarter-final or even a semi-final."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61880.5998
JPY 52.941849.9418
GBP 0.32410.3161
EUR 0.42560.4136
NZD 0.71310.6801
AUD 0.66260.6376
USD 0.47860.4616

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 27th May 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Families live in fear
  2. Remains of missionary receives a proper burial 200 years later
  3. $40k boost for Fiji 7s team
  4. 10 years in jail for rape of girl, 16
  5. Uncle told to stay away from niece
  6. Kolinisau ready to enjoy break from 7s
  7. Clean credit slate
  8. Maharaj: Need to have contingency plans
  9. Vaivai snatches gold
  10. Bridges hit by major overloading problem

Top Stories this Week

  1. A costly 'blunder' Saturday (21 May)
  2. Son crushed to death, parents seek answers Tuesday (24 May)
  3. Ryan gutted Tuesday (24 May)
  4. Hayne, Ryan miss out Wednesday (25 May)
  5. Hayne's Rio barrier Monday (23 May)
  6. Senior citizen's alleged murder angers police Saturday (21 May)
  7. Ryan eyes Olympics gold Saturday (21 May)
  8. Family, friends bid farewell to navy officer Sunday (22 May)
  9. Life of sacrifice Sunday (22 May)
  10. Tears of joy for Jerry's family Thursday (26 May)