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'Best striker' Rooney raring to go
Published : 08 Jun 2010 07:51:03
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is raring to go after being hailed the best striker in the world. The Reds hitman scored and was booked as England completed their World Cup warm-up with a 3-0 win over the Platinum Stars. Rooney is eager to get on with the job of taking on the USA in the tournament opener on Saturday and said: We are ready these are preparation games for us for the big one now coming up. I just can't wait now. The sooner it comes, the better. Former United keeper Tim Howard, the US No 1, believes Rooney is the top striker on the planet but says America's forwards can trouble England in Rustenburg. Howard has first-hand experience of Rooney from their two years together at Old Trafford before he moved to Everton in 2006. He has immense respect for the 24-year-old, but has also been impressed with the US front pair of Edson Buddle and Robert Findley. Howard said: I get asked if I am looking forward to facing Wayne. I don't think I ever look forward to facing Wayne. He is the best striker in the world and has enjoyed a fantastic season. He is a fantastic player, so I'll be very careful what I say! But we also have Edson and Robbie who are playing fantastic together, individuallly and collectively, with the way they are linking up. It seems everything Edson touches is a goal and Robbie is creating so many chances. Meanwhile, Rooney was happy with the friendly win, saying: It was a good run-out, we needed to get the game in and to play 45 minutes felt good so I was happy. Is Rooney the best in the world, or do the likes of Torres, Villa and Drogba have the edge? Have your say.