Huddlestone: Embattled Rooney to score for England against Uruguay

Hull City midfielder Tom Huddlestone sees England primed to take three points against Uruguay, and tipped Wayne Rooney to net his first World Cup finals goal.

England came up short in their crucial Group D opener against Italy last Saturday, sunk by a Mario Balotelli header and unable to fight back in the closing stages of a 2-1 loss.

Despite coming away with no points, however, the Three Lions turned in a commendable display that bodes well for their prospects going forward.

But much of the discussion in the aftermath of the loss has been dominated by questions of whether Wayne Rooney should be dropped from the starting eleven for Thursday’s encounter with Uruguay.

Tom Huddlestone, called for by some to be included in England’s World Cup squad after an impressive season for Hull, has had his say on what lies ahead for his country.

The ex-Spurs man took to Twitter to back Roy Hodgson’s side for a win against Uruguay - and tipped a much-criticized Rooney to silence his doubters with a goal.

Rooney is still yet to get on the scoresheet in nine World Cup finals appearances spanning three tournaments, but Huddlestone seems to be of the opinion his time is now.

The Manchester United man will certainly hope the Arena Corinthians will bear witness to his breakthrough after eight years of waiting - to ease the mounting pressure on his shoulders and spur England on to victory in a must-win contest.

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