England striker Wayne Rooney is already excited by the challenge of this summer's European Championship.
England striker Wayne Rooney is already excited by the challenge of this summer's European Championship in Portugal.
The 18-year-old star, who has three goals in nine caps for his country, is hoping that he will be part of Sven-Goran Eriksson's EURO 2004 squad.
"I can't wait for the tournament," Rooney told football monthly FourFourTwo.
"It would be the biggest competition I've played in, so hopefully I'll be in the squad and score a few goals and help us win.
"Hopefully we can go and win the Euros. If not, we just have to do as well as we can - that's all you can do.
"On a personal level I just want to work hard and try to stay in the team."
Rooney burst on to the scene with a brilliant Premiership goal against Arsenal in October 2002 and made his England debut against Australia four months later.
That appearance, at 17 years 111 days, made him the youngest England international of all time and in September of last year a goal in Skopje against Macedonia made him the youngest ever England goalscorer (17 years 317 days).
However, success with the national team has meant that Rooney has had to adapt his lifestyle to fit in with his new-found fame.
"Obviously now people see me in the streets who would never have known who I was before, so I get asked for a lot of autographs. But that's good, it shows I'm getting somewhere", he said.
"But the people I've known all my life? They don't treat me any differently."