Hahnemann - England under pressure

06 June 2010 07:18

United States keeper Marcus Hahnemann is backing Wayne Rooney to cope with the "extreme pressure" he is under to lead England to World Cup glory.

Hahnemann is aware of the massive expectation levels always resting on Rooney's shoulders to deliver the goods for club and country.

But the veteran Wolves player believes Rooney will be able to deal with the demands ahead of England's opener with the USA in Rustenburg on Saturday and said: "With someone like Wayne Rooney, you have that fan pressure where they cannot make any mistakes at all. I think Wayne can cope with it."

He added: " We have all watched him grow up. When he first played for Everton, you could see that he was such a good player."

Source: PA