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Rooney Rates Ozil

Wayne Rooney has long been admirer of Mesut Ozil’s silky skills.

According to former Manchester United manager, Alex Ferguson, one of the reasons Rooney first tried to push through an exit from Old Trafford a few seasons ago was his anger at the club failing to sign Ozil from Werder Bremen.

Wazza was on the winning side when United beat Ozil’s Arsenal in the Premier League recently, and while he emerged the glorious talisman, he was again impressed by the German’s ability.

And so ahead of England’s international friendly against Germany on Tuesday night, Rooney has lavished praise on Gunners schemer Ozil.

 “He’s a clever player, he doesn’t stick to one position,” Rooney said of Ozil to the Daily Mirror.

“He (Ozil) moves along the line and behind opposition midfield and can score and assist goals so he is a fantastic player and a test for us to deal with."

Having lost last weekend to Chile, England are under pressure to put in a far better performance against Germany.

But Ozil is not the only star in Jogi Loew’s swashbuckling side, and Rooney admits the Three Lions have a major task before them.

“There are so many [top players in the Germany squad],” Rooney said.

“Thomas Muller works really hard and scores big goals. You can’t just pick one.

“The biggest thing they have got is that they are a team brought together that all know their jobs, that is why they are so difficult to play against.”

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