Rooney raring to go

08 June 2010 08:38

Wayne Rooney cannot wait for the World Cup to begin after England completed their preparations for the tournament.

Although the subject of Rooney's temper was a major topic of conversation during Monday's 3-0 practice match victory against the Platinum Stars, England's star man is focused purely on beating the United States in the Group C opener in Rustenburg on Saturday.

"I just can't wait now," he said. "The sooner it comes, the better."

Rooney wrapped up England's win on Monday, having already set up Joe Cole for their second.

There were a few hints at Fabio Capello's likely starting line-up at the weekend, with Emile Heskey partnering Rooney after the interval.

Cole played on the left, while skipper's Steven Gerrard partnership with Frank Lampard in central midfield at the start looked as though it was a fairly definitive statement on England's engine room.

At the back, Ledley King was matched up with old friend John Terry at the heart of England's defence. Given King's relatively infrequent appearances, either on the training ground or in a match, Joe Hart's presence in goal, without having started a game for his country, was intriguing.

Not that Monday's performance was a triumph for anyone, even if Rooney found reasons to be cheerful.

"It was a good run out," he said. "We needed to get the game in and to play 45 minutes felt good so I was happy."

"We got out of it what he needed. I would have liked to have got a bit more of a game but I was happy with the 45 minutes."

Source: PA