England striker Wayne Rooney is looking forward to the World Cup qualifying deciders
Wayne Rooney says he is excited ahead of England's two World Cup qualifying deciders and is "looking forward to the challenge".
The Manchester United striker was disappointed to miss the last double-header for the Three Lions due to a head injury, as Roy Hodgson's men collected four points against Moldova and Ukraine.
Now with games against Montenegro and Poland coming up in the next week, with a place at the World Cup on the table, Rooney can't wait to get started.
"Missing the last two games for any player is disappointing, but to come back in for these two vital games is exciting," Rooney said.
"Myself and the whole squad are really looking forward to the challenge to win these games.
"We have two home games knowing that if we can do that then we’re through to the World Cup. It’s always better to try to get the three points in games rather than one, and I’m sure we’ll do that.
"There has been a great atmosphere around the squad and everyone is excited. They don’t get much bigger than this."
Rooney has played in the three England encounters against Montenegro, all ending in draws, so knows exactly what to expect from Branko Brnovic's side.
"They are organised and hard to beat, they put a lot of men behind the ball and try and contain you," he said.
"We have to make sure we are patient and try to create the chances. I think if we can get that first goal in the first half, then the game will open up. That first goal is vital."
The 27-year-old is also buoyed by a strong attacking line-up in Roy Hodgson's squad.
For England's last game against Ukraine they were without Rooney, his United team-mate Danny Welbeck and in-form Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.
This time, though, they are all in contention for a place in the starting line-up.
"Since I’ve been in the squad this is probably the best group of forwards we’ve had in terms of ability and goalscoring," admitted Rooney.
"Rickie Lambert has come into the squad and is scoring goals for Southampton. You've got Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge, Defoe and myself. There’s a lot of energy and a good blend of forwards.
He added: "[Sturridge] has been in tremendous form and scored a lot of goals. It’s great to see, he’s been given a vote of confidence by his manager at Liverpool, he’s trusted him to play up front and he’s delivered, he’s scored goals.
"I’m sure if we play together we’ll try to link up and create chances and score goals."
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