Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has explained that he feels the England national team are exciting to be a part of again after a dismal showing at last summer’s World Cup, the Guardian reports.
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The 29-year-old scored in the Three Lions’ 4-0 rout of Lithuania on Friday, and has generally been in fine form for the national team since their improved run of results after an early exit at the 2014 World Cup, when they were hugely criticised for being an easy touch.
Rooney now feels teams will be looking at England differently and not seeing them as a team they’d want to play against, whilst also saying he feels a growing excitement about playing for his country.
“You don’t want to go into games and think teams enjoy playing against you,” he said.
“You want teams to look at England and think: ‘We know we have a tough game. It is going to be physically hard against them, we are going to have to defend and we are going to have to be good on the ball to keep it.’ That is what we want teams to feel when they come up against us.
“Certainly, since the World Cup we have done that. At the minute we have the tactics right and it’s moving in a good direction. We have learned with every game since the World Cup and are getting better, and there is an excitement back about England.”
England play Italy in a friendly in their next game this Tuesday, and will be seeking revenge against a team that beat them in Brazil last summer and also knocked them out of Euro 2012 on penalties.