James focused on winning
Published : 25 Jun 2010 17:00:05
David James insists England maintaining their interest in the World Cup is more important than Wayne Rooney breaking his scoring duck in the competition.
Rooney will take on Germany in Sunday's last-16 match in Bloemfontein looking for his first goal on football's greatest stage after drawing a blank in seven previous attempts. He failed to hit the net in four matches in 2006 in Germany and did not score in the three group matches against United States, Algeria and Slovenia in the current tournament.
"I am sure Wayne would like to make this game his game but it is about us getting through first and foremost," said James.
"Wayne has just smashed about 15 shots past me in training. The players are willing him to score.
"Wayne would admit that is a personal ambition and, of course, it would be productive for us.
"He had a great chance against Slovenia but the keeper pulled off a great save and tipped it onto the post. Wayne's contribution on Wednesday was superb.
"But we have got through to the next round without Wayne scoring. The team winning is the important thing.
"As much as Wayne as an individual would have liked a goal, he is very happy for the side to go through without him scoring."