England ready to end quarter-final jinx

20 June 2012 11:47

Wayne Rooney believes England are ready to end their quarter-final curse after scoring the goal which sent his side into a showdown with Italy.

Rooney also believes England have the ability to reach the last four of a major tournament for the first time in 16 years following three quarter-final exits and a departure in the last 16 at the 2010 World Cup.

"I hope there is the belief we can go past the quarter-finals this time," Rooney said. "It will be a difficult game against Italy and it will be quite evenly matched in terms of the way we play.

"It can go either way but we're looking forward to it. We're feeling confident and we've got players in the team who can score goals.

"I haven't scored at a major tournament for a while so it was nice to get a goal which won us the game," Rooney said.

Source: AFP