England striker Rooney desperate to right World Cup wrongs

Wayne Rooney wants put right England’s past World Cup failings by succeeding in Brazil next year, the Daily Telegraph has reported, after the Manchester United striker helped seal the Three Lions’ place at the competition with a goal against Poland.

Rooney has played at two prior World Cups, 2006 and 2010, as well as European Championships in 2004 and 2012, and believes he has let himself down individually while the team as a whole has also underperformed. But with World Cup 2014 on the horizon, Rooney is eager to improve on prior showings at the big competitions.

I think it’s my 10th or 11th year playing for England so the obvious goal is to try to be successful and win trophies so that would obviously be the icing on the cake,” Rooney said, having made his England bow in 2003 while still an Everton player. Rooney was 17 at the time of his first cap, with an experimental England side losing to Australia at Upton Park.

Rooney added that he was determined on a personal level to prove he belongs in the category of the world’s best players. “That is what I have wanted to do in all the other tournaments and it hasn’t happened,” he said. “But I have always been determined, I want to do well and I want to try to help England be successful.

I won’t put any added pressure on myself but obviously I want to try to perform and that is what we all have to believe that we can do,” Rooney continued.

Rooney has gone on to win 86 caps for England, scoring 38 goals. He was first on the score sheet for the national team in September 2003, netting against Macedonia in his sixth appearance. Despite scoring regularly during each qualifying campaign, Rooney has yet to hit the target at the World Cup finals.

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