Sun. Dec 4th, 2022

WAYNE ROONEY believes England have the BEST squad at the World Cup – but worries that their centre-back could cost them.

The 37-year-old DC United manager is the all-time top scorer for the Three Lions with 53 goals.

Wayne Rooney thinks England are the best squad in the World Cup

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Wayne Rooney thinks England are the best squad in the World Cup1 credit
Legendary striker admits he's afraid of England's defenders

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Legendary striker admits he’s afraid of England’s defenders1 credit

He was part of Britain’s famous Golden Generation, which did not live up to its promises by awarding an award on the international stage.

Rooney has played in three World Cup tournaments and admits that his current star group has accomplished much more in recent years than he and his star-studded former teammates.

And while other nations have a host of iconic names, he’s adamant that Gareth Southgate has the best squad in Qatar.

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However, speaking to The Times, the former Manchester United and Everton forward admitted his back-line fears.

Rooney said: “England have one of the strongest squads. The fullbacks, the midfielders, the attackers – there is power all over the board.

“The only area not as strong as some of the other countries are the centre-backs. “We had world class players like Rio Ferdinand and John Terry before.

“When you look at Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka, from whom we have to choose, it’s as good as we have it.”

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Despite these defensive skepticism, Rooney has expressed his enthusiasm to see the two perform in the Middle East.

He added: “I’m really curious what Gareth Southgate is doing with Trent Alexander-Arnold. Personally, I would start it.

“I think Harry Maguire will hold another big tournament. He outperformed United for England – I think he agrees – and United have struggled over the last few years.

“He didn’t have many protections and it’s no coincidence that now with Casemiro there is more stability in the middle of the pitch, with United’s defenders playing better.

“He always had that protection with England.”

England begins World Cup campaign against Iran on Monday

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England begins World Cup campaign against Iran on MondayCredit: Reuters