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England Boss Wants Rooney To Shine At World Cup

Manchester United forward, Wayne Rooney, is at the right age to show the whole world he can lead England to World Cup glory, says Roy Hodgson.

The England boss said Rooney is an outstanding player, but has yet to prove his qualities at a major tournament, with the upcoming World Cup being his chance to shine.

"Wayne has taken on responsibility with Manchester United and he always takes responsibility with the national team and I think this has been a great year for him," Hodgson said.

"At the moment circumstances seem to be contriving towards England having a Wayne Rooney in top condition physically and mentally, and in terms of his ability - we all know how good that is.

"Maybe once or twice in the past he hasn't exploded as maybe he has on our national stage, where we all accept him as being an outstanding player.

"My hope and the message to him is: 'this is your chance'. He is 28, that's a terrific age.”

Since making his international debut in 2003, Rooney has scored 38 goals in 88 games for the 'Three Lions'. However, he hasn’t scored a single goal at his previous two World Cup’s, despite being regarded as his country’s best player.

"This is the world stage, the perfect opportunity for him to prove to people in the world what we already know - that he is a very, very gifted footballer, a very good all-round footballer who is capable of playing in many positions," Hodgson added.

"He is someone who is a leading light in his team which is one of the best in the world.

"It would be nice to see him reproducing that form for England and I am confident he will. It's a great opportunity to show that he is not just a great star in the Premier League, but that he is a world star."

Can Rooney lead England to World Cup glory or will they struggle to go past their group, with Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica? Have your say in the comment section below.

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