Vidic relishes World Cup showdown with Man United pal Rooney

17 March 2010 11:02
Nemanja Vidic hopes he comes up against England in South Africa this summer so that he can show Manchester United pal Wayne Rooney exactly who Serbia are.

The in-form striker, who has celebrated 32 goals already this season, joked with the central defender, 'Serbia? Who plays for them?' when Vidic raised the prospect of a meeting at the Finals.

And Vidic, whose return to action last month has coincided with a transformation in United's fortunes, admits he would relish the prospect to face who he considers the best in the business in Rooney, with a potential last 16 clash on the cards.

Who are ya? Nemanja Vidic wants to exact revenge on Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney over his World Cup taunts about facing Serbia

'Wayne is definitely the best striker in the world,' said Vidic. 'And after sharing the same dressing-room, it would be fun to play against him.

'I mentioned to him that if we got through we have a chance to meet England. I said it would be an interesting game. He said "Serbia? Who plays for them?". He was joking.

'One of us would have to lose and he's a great player, who would be hardto keep quiet. But that's the challenge. That's why you play football.

Head-to-head: Vidic admits he would relish the opportunity to play against Rooney

'He knows we're doing well and he knows we're not an easy team, even though England are a big one.'

  Vidic conceded Rooney would be a difficult proposition, saying no matter how many lumps he could kick out of him, the forward would probably still be standing!

He added: 'I don't kick so many players. I would kick him more in training. Wayne is strong and he has pace. For a defender, players like that are always difficult.'

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