England's Wayne Rooney's place in the team has been put under question as fans have begun to qualm the Manchester United striker's passion to play for his country after recent poor performances. In response to these remarks, Rooney answered assuringly, "I don't care what anyone says, I am ready for this World Cup".
The former Everton player had a good individual season in what has been a disappointing campaign at Manchester United. Rooney's performances have been a consolation for the Red Devils as he bagged 17 Premier League goals. Now the England forward will be hoping to carry his goal-scoring spree into the World Cup. Rooney is yet to score in World Cup finals tournament despite a flurry in qualification and none will be happier than Rooney, if he can grab a goal against Italy on Saturday.
Rooney has also revealed that the current crop of players is the best England team he has ever played with.
Speaking to the BBC, Rooney said, "It's great to be apart of and I'm looking forward to the future with England, it certainly looks bright". When asked about the younger players, he responded, "I think it is exciting, they add lots of energy and excitement to the team".
In spite of assuring fans that he is ready, England supporters will want to see words put into action in the form of goals at the World Cup.
As the World Cup opening draws closer, fans will begin to speculate how their country will fare; can Rooney finally deliver for England on the world stage?
Will this be Rooney's World Cup?