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  • [11] David Moyes on speaking to Wayne Rooney since United - and he has to play for England (as he carried United)


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    “When I look at England I think he has to play for England. I think he has the ability to score. He has the mental strength to handle the games. In those games you look to your big players and Wayne will be a big player for England. I have no doubts about that. But I do agree I think there is an awful lot of pressure being lumped on him which isn’t right. England haven’t done particularly well in a lot of competitions, so no one should be expecting great things from them. To be a stand-out and make a difference in World Cup games is very, very hard. For me, Wayne would definitely start. He has the experience of past tournaments as well. I have spoken to Wayne a few times since I left Manchester United and he has been very supportive. Wayne was terrific for me. He played really well and in the opening months carried us in a lot of ways with his sort of swashbuckling style. At his best that is what Wayne is. By the end of the season, he had scored his goals. I think Wayne’s best contributions will be centrally. In time he can drop back and be a central midfield player as well because of his ability to pass the ball is very good.”


    “He is in a better place than he was at this time last year. He is playing well and his form has been good. I do think he has already come out and said he wants to have a good World Cup and you have to trust him and go with that. He will be determined to do well. He knows how important this is for him. Wayne will be desperate to show everyone what he can do. In his mind, he is strong and he will be determined to go out and show how good he is and with a determination to do the job, but you have to remember that the opposition can make it difficult for players. He will also need good service and good players around him. Wayne cannot make it happen all on his own. Portugal have Ronaldo, but Ronaldo still needs a team around him to help him perform. I think Wayne will need players around him to help him as well.”


    “He has to play. He has the ability to score, he has the mental strength to handle the games. In those games you look to your big players and Wayne will be a big player for England. I think he is in a better place than he was this time last year. “
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