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Upbeat Rooney allays injury fears
14 May 2010 - 07:37:25
Wayne Rooney has dismissed fears that his World Cup could be ruined by injury.
The Manchester United striker missed key domestic and European games during the closing weeks of the season after damaging ankle ligaments.
Rooney then limped out of the final Premier League game of the season with a groin problem.
However, despite fears that England's hopes could be undermined by injury concerns surrounding their star player, the recently crowned PFA player of the year insists he is ready for the rigours of a four-week international tournament.
"I'm fine. I went off on Sunday but the game was won," he told Sky Sports News.
"My groin hadn't been right. For a few weeks it was tight. There was no need for me to continue in the game.
"I feel good now. I'm fine. I need to get a few more training sessions in before I play but that'll come when we meet up."
Meanwhile, the 24-year-old has backed himself to cope with the pressure of carrying the hopes of a nation during the tournament following a 34-goal season for the Red Devils.
Rooney added: "I've been under pressure and in the spotlight since I made by debut with Everton when I was 16.
"That's not really something that affects me. I know that if I do well then England have got a great chance of doing well.
"We've got a lot of match-winners in our team and some good players, so it's not just on me. It's on the rest of the team to do well for us."