VIDEO: Rooney lauds United's young Lions
Tuesday, 30 August, 2011
Wayne Rooney believes Phil Jones et al can become big players for England.
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Wayne Rooney believes England could be the ultimate beneficiaries from Manchester United's current crop of talented youngsters.
The Premier League champions have relied on an English core as they have won their first three games of the season, with the likes of Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck impressing alongside Rooney.
Welbeck is injured for the upcoming Euro 2012 qualification double-header against Bulgaria and Wales, but Rooney expects his other club-mates to push for places. And the forward believes Fabio Capello will benefit from Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to put his faith in youth.
"They [the young players] have done great," he said "They have started for United in the first three games and done really well, they have deserved their place in the team.
"It's good the Manager has recognised they have done well and I'm sure if they get the opportunity to start or play some part in the game I'm sure they will do great. They could be key players, some of them have done really well for the Under-21's in the European Championship this summer, and the Manager has brought them in.
"In training they haven't done much but you can see they are comfortable around the players, they know a few of them here and will do well."
And Rooney has targeted six points from the upcoming week as England travel to Bulgaria on Friday before hosting Wales at Wembley next week.
"I think it will be a really tough game, Bulgaria away," he said. "I'm sure it will be a good atmosphere and a difficult game to come away from with three points, but that is our aim.
"Wales are a good team but you would like to think we have enough to beat them at home. Hopefully we can come out with six points."