Rooney ready to prove himself

17 June 2010 09:03

Wayne Rooney has shrugged off his injury problems and is ready to explode on to the World Cup stage.

By his own admission, England's World Cup talisman was not quite right at the end of last season. Now though, after a relatively quiet performance in Saturday's Group C opener against the United States, Rooney is feeling good again, which is bad news for Algeria ahead of the second game in Cape Town on Friday as he attempts to stamp his mark on the greatest stage.

"This is a great opportunity for me to prove myself at world level," said Rooney.

"I look at what Maradona and Pele did. They took the World Cup by the scruff of the neck and virtually won it single-handed.

"If I can manage half of what they achieved, it would be great.

"It was difficult for me to play as well as I wanted after I got the injury against Bayern Munich. I played when I probably shouldn't and lost my match fitness and sharpness.

"Even in Austria I had a few niggles and I held myself back in training.

"But since we've come over here I've felt sharp and been flat out.

"When I was playing well and scoring goals earlier in the season I was sharp and hungry in training. That is how I feel at the minute."

Source: PA