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Rooney expects England win

16 Jun 2010 - 13:20:52

England striker Wayne Rooney has backed the side to get their first win of this summer's World Cup finals when they take on Algeria in Cape Town on Friday evening.

Following the Three Lions' disappointing 1-1 draw with USA in their Group C opener, Rooney is adamant the team have what it takes to beat the Desert Rats ahead of their final group stage clash with Slovenia next Wednesday.

The Manchester United striker has also criticised comments from America star Clint Dempsey after he claimed England were full of fear during the stalemate in Rustenburg.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, he said: "We have players who can score goals for us, but for us to do well I need to play a bit better than I did and score goals. But I don't feel under any pressure, as long as the team does well.

"We started very well (on Saturday) and we deserved to win and overall we did enough to win the game, but unfortunately we didn't. But I am sure we will take three points on Friday.

"They (USA) only had two or three shots from distance and they had only one good chance to score so I don't think there was any fear from us as we took the game to them."

Meanwhile, coach Fabio Capello has admitted Gareth Barry will play some part in the Algeria game after shaking off an ankle injury.

The Manchester City man picked up the problem in his side's clash with Tottenham Hotspur at the start of May and the 29-year-old has handed the Italian tactician a boost ahead of the pivotal clash.

"Gareth will play this Friday. He is okay, there is no problem. He has trained very well and he is fit," Capello told BBC Sport.


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