England National Team : Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney has a reputation of scoring big goals for his national team.
England and Manchester United superstar footballer, Rooney, prefers the role of striker to playing in the midfield.
“I got told to play in midfield and I didn’t want to. I just think there had to come a point when, for my own career, I had to be a bit selfish really,” said Rooney.
England National Team manager, Roy Hodgson has found feature places for Rooney in both the 4-2-3-1 he generally favors and the 4-3-3 he uses only in “break glass in case of emergency” situations.
Rooney’s England role is defined by what the Three Lions most rely on him for – goals.
Roo’s goal against Poland in World Cup 2014 qualifying on October 15 was his 38th goal for England in international play. Rooney is now two behind Michael Owen for fourth place all-time in goals scored for England.
It was also Rooney’s 28th goal for England in competitive international play excluding friendlies. Rooney pushed his lead over Owen to two.
“It was the Manchester United man’s 38th England goal, and his ninth in 10 games, confirming his status as his team’s talisman heading into yet another major tournament.”
ENGLAND NATIONAL TEAM
The ever powerful English squad aspires to excel in Brazil. With a mix of superstar veterans like Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Theo Walcott, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Andy Carroll – and new talents as well, England should at least get to the quarterfinals in Brazil for the first time since Italy ’90.
England manager Roy Hodgson will name his provisional 23-man squad for the tournament on 13 May before the team plays a final friendly at Wembley Stadium, then heads to Miami for an eight-day training camp. The final squad will be named in Miami while they are there on 2 June, before a final warm-up match against the USA in Miami. The England squad must be in Rio by 7 June under Fifa rules.
Brazil will kick off the tournament following the opening ceremony in São Paulo on 12 June. The group stages run until 26 June. The round of 16 games run from 28 June to 1 July, with the quarter-finals on 4-5 July. The semi-finals will be played on 8-9 July with the final at the rebuilt Maracanã on Sunday 13 July.
Catch Wayne Rooney in live action in Group D against Italy, Costa Rica, and Uruguay.
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