Wayne Rooney wants to perform well for England at next summer's showpiece
Wayne Rooney is hoping to make his mark at next summer’s World Cup after helping to fire England to Brazil this week.
The Manchester United striker netted the opening goal in Tuesday’s World Cup clincher against Poland at Wembley
, just days after also scoring against Montenegro
And Rooney now wants to prove himself on the world stage, after admitting to disappointing tournaments in South Africa in 2010 and Germany in 2006.
He said: "I'm very determined to do that.
"That is what I have wanted to do in all the other tournaments and it hasn't happened. I have always been determined to do well and I want to try to help England be successful.
"I won't put any added pressure on myself but obviously I want to try to perform."
With 86 caps to his name, Rooney, 27, is now one of the most experienced players in Roy Hodgson’s squad.
And with 38 international goals from those appearances, he now wants to add some in the World Cup Finals to that collection.
He added: "This is my tenth or eleventh year playing for England so the obvious goal is to try to be successful and win trophies so that would obviously be the icing on the cake.
"Hopefully, I still have got time on my hands when I can do that. When you get through to the World Cup, there are no easy games, no easy groups.
"The games are all pressure games and you have to make sure you are at your best to win them to get through so you know it's going to be tough."
Rooney has also been impressed by the younger players who have broken into Hodgson’s squad this year. As a player who made his Three Lions debut at the age of 17, Rooney knows better than most of the pressures that come with being a young international.
But he feels the likes of Andros Townsend, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck have got what it takes to perform at the highest level.
Rooney explained: "The young players who have come in have been great and given us a real excitement going forwards.
"We have got so many exciting players, you look at Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge, Andros Townsend coming in, Ross Barkley, Jack Wilshere... there is a mix of talent so it's important we can use all them and the qualities they have got to try to be successful.
"So it's down to us all to help them because, especially towards the end of games like the one against Poland, when we've got to see it out, it's vital that we have the players who've been there and done it who can help them.”