Rooney 'expects' to face Egypt
Monday, 01 March, 2010
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Wayne Rooney is expecting to play for England against Egypt, despite picking up a knee injury during the League Cup Final on Sunday.
The Manchester United striker scored the decisive goal in his side's 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at Wembley, and he will return to the national stadium on Wednesday as The Three Lions step up their World Cup preparations.
Rooney, 24, has been in sparkling form this season, scoring 28 goals for club and country and he says he cannot wait to don the England shirt for the first time since the 1-0 defeat to Brazil back in November.
"It will be a tough game," he said. "Egypt are a good team and they have won the African Cup of Nations for the last three years.
"We want to try and prepare well for the World Cup and this is the first step for us to build on. I'm sure the manager will try some different ideas and it will give him a chance to look at different players.
"It's nice to be playing with England again and hopefully we will get back to winning ways.
"It's a big game for us and we want to win. We need to prepare well for the World Cup through different training and tactics.
"I've scored a few headers lately but I will take any goal now. I've been working on heading for a couple of years now and my movement and timing have got better."
Wednesday's match programme features a full interview with Rooney, so make sure you get your copy now by clicking here.