Rooney's World Cup programme starts early on holiday

Tuesday 13 May 2014
Rooney is already working on his fitness for the World Cup
Wayne Rooney will be fit and firing on all cylinders by the time the World Cup kicks-off, according to England boss Roy Hodgson.

The Manchester United striker has been named in Hodgson’s squad for the trip to Brazil, which will be Rooney’s third World Cup campaign.

He has yet to score a goal in the competition, following his previous appearances in Germany in 2006 and South Africa in 2010.

Wayne Rooney Schmeichel

Rooney is looking for his first World Cup goal in Brazil

 

But Hodgson has no worries about the 28-year-old and has backed him to shine in the Finals, which begin on 14 June for England when they face Italy in Manaus.

"We have nothing to fear with Wayne," said Hodgson, after naming his 23 man squad on Monday.

"His attitude is spot on. His desire could not be better.

"Has he got the ability? Yes, he has, so it is just a case of bring on the matches and on that particular day, Wayne Rooney can find the form that makes him who he is."

The England squad don’t meet up until next week, when they will head to Portugal to begin their preparations for the World Cup.

And Rooney is already focused on the competition, so much so that he has taken two fitness experts with him on a short family break, ironically to Portugal, ahead of reporting back on Monday.

"I said to the players that I am more than happy for them to go and forget football for a week and go and get themselves mentally-prepared for the many weeks we have ahead," revealed Hodgson.

"But Wayne has decided to take some physios with him where he is going and to continue his programme, as he is so determined that when we meet up, he'll be able to join in straight away.

"It's quite laudable that that's the way he thinks and I'm not trying to dissuade him."

Rooney and his England squad mates play their last game before they head off to Brazil at Wembley on Friday 30 May, when Peru are the opponents. Tickets for the game are on sale now, so click here for more details.

By Nicholas Veevers