Rooney sees great potential in England’s latest crop of players
Manchester United star Wayne Rooney believes England’s new batch of players have great potential and talent. The coveted English forward denies reports that the new generation of England players lack quality. The England international also rejected speculation that the Three Lions will have a hard time in big tournaments.
Rooney insists there is no lack of quality in English ranks. The England star insists the new crop of players will bring a lot of success to the England national team.
Andros Townsend and Daniel Sturridge led England to a fiery 4-1 victory over Montenegro on Friday. Townsend, who was standing in his debut, and 24-year-old Sturridge destroyed Montenegro, a team that had evaded the Three Lion’s wrath in three encounters during the past three years. The duo’s superb form has put England just one victory away from qualifying for the World Cup playoffs.
Rooney remains confident that England will acquire another big victory over Poland at Wembley on Tuesday to seal the top spot in Group H. England coach Roy Hodgson claims England is under construction, but Rooney believes that the young generation has the ability to stun the world.
“We have to reach the finals first, but I am sure once we do that the manager will have a few games to prepare for the tournament,” Rooney said. “We have got some very exciting players, young exciting players.
“I think all the talk about 'there's not enough good English players' - well, we have got six, seven or eight young players. Andros (Townsend) did great, he's an exciting player with a great future and then you have (Danny) Welbeck, (Daniel) Sturridge, (Phil) Jones, (Chris) Smalling, (Jack) Wilshere, (Alex) Oxlade-Chamberlain, (Theo) Walcott - the players we have got there, there's some talent.
“So, we are happy with the squad we have got and are looking forward to the future.”
England needs to win over Poland or they risk losing the first spot. Rooney is confident his team will maintain their impressive form against Montenegro to record another big win. The former Everton forward claims England needs to put its fate in its own hands and keep up with their never-die attitude to win games.
“It's a massive game,” Rooney said. “Poland are probably a better team at the moment than Montenegro. I think they are much more dangerous on the counter-attacks and we will have to prepare well for that. But if we perform like we did against Montenegro then we will be okay.”