Wayne Rooney is excited by the youngsters breaking into the England set-up
England v Poland
FIFA World Cup 2014
Group H Qualifier
8pm, Tuesday 15 October 2013
Wayne Rooney believes England have plenty of talented young players who could shine at next year’s World Cup.
Roy Hodgson’s charges must defeat Poland on Tuesday to seal automatic qualification to Brazil 2014.
And after their 4-1 win over Montenegro on Friday
- in which 22-year-old debutant Andros Townsend starred - the Manchester United star predicted a bright future for England.
Rooney said: "We have to reach the finals first, but I am sure once we do that the manager will have a few games to prepare for the tournament.
"We have got some very exciting players, young exciting players.
"I think all the talk about 'there's not enough good English players' - well, we have got six, seven or eight young players.
"Andros did great, he's an exciting player with a great future and then you have [Danny] Welbeck, [Daniel] Sturridge, [Phil] Jones, [Chris] Smalling, [Jack] Wilshere, [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain, [Theo] Walcott - the players we have got there, there's some talent.
"So, we are happy with the squad we have got and are looking forward to the future.”
However, England must first beat Poland at Wembley before they can think about the finals. They are guaranteed a play-off place but with nearest rivals Ukraine playing minnows San Marino Rooney knows a win is a must.
He added: "It's a massive game. Poland are probably a better team at the moment than Montenegro.
"I think they are much more dangerous on the counter-attacks and we will have to prepare well for that.
"But if we perform like we did against Montenegro then we will be okay.”