Rooney confident ahead of Italy clash
Wayne Rooney says while Italy have their star players, Man U should not be underestimated.
BRAZIL, Sao Paulo - Wayne Rooney is confident England has what it takes to beat Italy today. The Manchester United man says while Italy have their star players, their talent should not be underestimated.
England have become perennial underachievers in world cups gone by, but exciting talent like Luke Shaw, Jack Wilshere, Ross Barkley and Rahim Sterling at their disposal, maybe 2014 will produce a fresh new World Cup campaign for one of the most well supported countries in the world.
Wayne Rooney kisses his son Kai before a training session at the England 2014 FIFA World Cup Training Camp at the Vale Do Lobo Resort on May 21, 2014 in Vale Do Lobo, Algarve, Portugal. Picture: Fifa.
English fans have told EWN Sport tonight's opener against Italy is an opportunity to rewrite the World Cup record books.
England have so often disappointed in world cups of the past. With plenty of young talent at Roy Hodgsons disposal, 2014 might be the year they try live up to their promise.
Facts and figures through World Cup history. Picture: AFP
This fan believes the conditions in Brazil are better suited for Italy's style of play.
"Probably the heat, the speed of play, they're not going to be able to play very quickly like they usually do. Italy play a slower game, it's gonna suit them a lot better but we've still got those boys to come off the bench, If we can keep it tight like maybe the last 20 minutes."