Football

Wayne ready to shine in Brazil

Wayne Rooney admits he will have no excuses if this is another dud World Cup.

Rooney's last two World Cups have been affected by injuries and he is yet to score in eight matches at the Finals.

But the Manchester United forward insists he is fully fit following a recent groin injury and ready to play to his maximum in Brazil.

"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," he said, speaking at England's pre-World Cup training camp in the Algarve in Portugal.

"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.

"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 this time.

"I feel good. I have no issues whatsoever and I am ready for this tournament. I am going to give everything and leave everything on the pitch."

Rooney went into the 2006 World Cup recovering from a broken bone in his foot before being sent off in England's quarter-final defeat by Portugal.

His build-up to the 2010 tournament in South Africa was hampered by an ankle problem, but Rooney says his current well-being means now is the time he must produce his best form.

Furthermore, he is also conscious that this summer represents his best opportunity to make a mark at the World Cup.

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"For us, as a nation, I think it is the one thing that is missing," the 28-year-old said. "And then 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."

Rooney's determination - he took two fitness coaches on his pre-tournament holiday to Portugal last week - has been praised by England manager Roy Hodgson.

"He is looking very good, very good indeed," Hodgson (above) said. "He realises what a good player he is and he knows we, as a football nation, place a lot of faith in him.

"He knows the eyes of England, if not the rest of the world, are on him." 
- PA Sport.