Wayne Rooney: I'm ready to stamp my mark on the World Cup

Wayne Rooney Euro 2012 England

The Manchester United man says that he is ready to make an impact on the international stage in Brazil

Wayne Rooney says that he is feeling more confident than ever as England’s World Cup start date draws ever closer.

Rooney has been with the England squad at World Cups in 2006 and 2010, but has yet to hugely impress on the biggest stage in football.

However, England’s key man insists that he is ready to show his class in Brazil and his previous experiences will help him.

“It’s really exciting. It’s a massive tournament in Brazil and that makes it even more exciting so I’m really looking forward to it,” he said in an interview with Sky Sports. “Thankfully I’ll be going into my third World Cup and hopefully this can be the one where I can really stamp my mark on.

“I feel I need to and I feel this is the time where I am ready to do that.”

The statement comes as good news to England fans as they hope that the Three Lions can deliver some long-awaited success at the World Cup.

There is far less expectation around the country that is usually so demanding when a major competition comes around due to the perennial disappointment and consistent failure that has been associated with the England national team at major international tournaments.

The public also recognise that England are going through a stage of transition after many of their ‘golden generation’ have either gone past their peak or retired.

That said there is still a cautious optimism that Roy Hodgson’s men could spring a surprise in Brazil. The emergence of Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling in recent years has provided some much needed positivity around the England team and if Rooney can find his top form, as he says he will, then the four could prove to be a potent attacking force.

How far they could potentially take England remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain, the Manchester United man will need to elevate his game to levels he is yet to find on the international stage if England are to be contention.

Whether he can do that is questionable, especially with a recent injury hampering his preparations, but these recent words will be comforting for the hoards of England fans wishing their team onto success and they will be hoping that they prove to be true in Brazil.

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