'We're going to get to the World Cup,' a confident-talking Wayne Rooney is quoted by the FA to have said.
England international Rooney, capped 84 times, is in impeccable international form. In the past 15 months the 27-year-old has made 11 England appearances and has returned eight goals with notable strikes against Ukraine in Donetsk, a brace against San Marino at Wembley, Poland in Warsaw, Montenegro away from home and two against Brazil (once at Wembley and once in Rio de Janeiro).
His growing international pedigree is also coinciding with respectable statistical figures this season with Manchester United, despite fervent speculation linking the Liverpudlian with a move down south, to Chelsea, after the Stamford Bridge side lodged an official bid amid rampant reports Rooney wanted a move.
In 478 minutes of Premier League duty this season, Rooney has struck thrice, assisted twice (an efficiency return of one goal or assist every 95 minutes) whilst also creating nine chances.
England manager Roy Hodgson will be hoping Rooney can continue that good spell into the fixtures that will determine the nation's fate next summer. Home ties against both Montenegro and Poland await the Three Lions and two wins will guarantee qualification.
No one, it seems, is as confident as Rooney: 'We're going to do it. We're going to get to the World Cup. I'm confident, we're confident, but you always have to be sure you're not over-confident. These are going to be two tough games for us, but we're good enough to do it.
'I can't wait to be honest. As soon as the Sunderland game had finished, I started to think about England.'
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