World Cup 204: This is best England team I’ve played with, says Rooney




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IO DE JANEIRO: Striker Wayne Rooney the current England team is the best he has played in during 11 years with the team and that Italy be worried about Saturday’s game in Manaus.

“It’s probably the best squad ’ve been involved in so it’s great be a part of. am looking forward this tournament and the with England because it certainly looks bright,” Rooney told reporters on Wednesday.

“It is exciting. think the younger in the team bring a lot of energy and excitement and it is great be a part of,” he added.

England lost Italy on penalties in the quarter-finals of the European Championship years ago and the Italians are strongly favoured emerge a tough Group D that also includes Uruguay and Costa Rica.

But Rooney believes that with the emergence of young like Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana, the Italians face a very different and improved England team.

“I think they really be more worried about our team,” he said.

“In terms of Italy, it is more or less the same squad so it be an interesting game for us to see how we’ve moved on and how we’ve progressed in those years.”

“I think, really, the Italian be looking at us and how they can control our team,” he said, shrugging off concerns about Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo, who controlled the game years ago.

“We’re really too focused on Pirlo. He has been a fantastic player and Italy have got some great players, but we also have them,” he said.

Rooney has been a surprising focus of criticism in England based on fitness and more broadly whether he deserves a place in the starting line-up.

“I don’t care what anyone . I am ready physically, I am focused and of course there is competition for your places, there always is,” he said.

“You are playing for your country and I am ready for that. I am worried. The manager has got a job to do. He picks the team and whatever side he picks I’ll respect that and do my best to try and help the team,” he said. (Reuters)