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Rooney: No excuses this time

ESPN staff
May 22, 2014
Wayne Rooney will be playing in his third World Cup © Getty Images

Wayne Rooney insists now is the best time for him to shine for England at the World Cup and says he is used to being under pressure to perform.

The 28-year-old has yet to score for England in the tournament but believes 2014 is when he will finally live up to expectations for his country.

"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," said the striker.

Rooney backs Van Gaal at United

Louis van Gaal is David Moyes' replacement © Getty Images
  • Wayne Rooney says Manchester United want to reclaim their Premier League title under new manager Louis van Gaal.
  • Van Gaal signed a three-year deal as David Moyes' replacement and will take over at Old Trafford once he has finished managing the Netherlands at the World Cup.
  • "Van Gaal is a great appointment," Rooney told talkSPORT. "He's obviously got a great track record at other clubs. I'm sure he'll come in and do a great job for us. Next year our aim is to win the Premier League title. This campaign was not good enough. We need to be fighting for that title."

"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 has played eight matches at the World Cup finals for England. He began Germany 2006 having recovered from a metatarsal injury and was sent off in the quarter-finals against Portugal for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho as England were knocked out on penalties.

In South Africa 2010, Rooney hit back at being jeered by England fans in a goalless draw with Algeria in the group stages by saying: "Nice to see your own fans booing you" into a television camera.

But Rooney is determined to make the 2014 World Cup a memorable one for himself and his country.

"I am ready for it. I am excited for it. There will be no excuses this time if I don't perform. I certainly won't be looking for any excuses," he said.

"I understand the expectation and I've lived with that throughout my career. I have no problems with that. I think I know what I am capable of.

"We can go far. We have 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. Our aim is to win the tournament."

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