Rooney determined to prove critics wrong by bringing the World Cup home from Brazil

By Rob Brennan

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Wayne Rooney is desperate to end England's long wait for World Cup glory.

England will be reminded of their 47-year long failure to win a major competition on Friday night when Sir Geoff Hurst hands Frank Lampard a golden cap to commemorate his 100th appearance for the Three Lions.

England have barely come anywhere near matching the famous achievements of Hurst and Co in 1966, but Rooney wants that to change as soon as possible.

Eyes on the prize: Wayne Rooney believes England can win the World Cup in Brazil next summer

Eyes on the prize: Wayne Rooney believes England can win the World Cup in Brazil next summer

Winners: Rooney believes England can win the World Cup for the first time since 1966 when Bobby Moore captained the country to World Cup glory

Winners: Rooney believes England can win the World Cup for the first time since 1966 when Bobby Moore captained the country to World Cup glory

Sir Geoff Hurst with footballing memorabilia from his years as an England player, including the number 10 shirt, cap and Man of the Match trophy from England's 1966 World Cup win against West Germany.
Englands Frank Lampard faces the media during an England press conference at the Grove hotel in Hertford, England

Big night: Frank Lampard (right) will receive a golden cap from World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst (left) before England take on Chile at Wembley on Friday night to commemorate his 100th appearance for the Three Lions

Barring injury, the 28-year-old will lead the line for the Three Lions in Brazil next summer.

Critics, and the FA's own chairman, do not believe England stand much of a chance at the World Cup, but Rooney is determined to prove them wrong.

'We want to try and do what no team has done since 1966 and win a major trophy,' the Manchester United striker told thefa.com.

'That's the aim for us all and that's what we hope we can do.'

Driving force: Wayne Rooney (left) is enjoying life on and off the pitch so far this season

Driving force: Wayne Rooney (left) is enjoying life on and off the pitch so far this season

Stand and admire: Rooney (left) and his Manchester United and England teammate Tom Cleverley had a round of golf ahead of the game with Chile at Wembley on Friday night

Stand and admire: Rooney (left) and his Manchester United and England teammate Tom Cleverley had a round of golf ahead of the game with Chile at Wembley on Friday night

After damaging draws against Ukraine, Poland and Montenegro, England left it until the final qualifier to guarantee their place at Brazil 2014.

But, England qualified unbeaten, scoring 31 times and conceding just four goals in the process.
That record gives Rooney reason for optimism ahead of what would be his third World Cup.

He added: 'It's been a good campaign, the aim was to finish top of the group and that's what we done. We played some good football in some of the games and we dug in in others. Overall we are pleased with the way it went.'

Joker in the pack: Rooney (right) enjoying a laugh thanks to Glen Johnson (left)

Joker in the pack: Rooney (right) enjoying a laugh thanks to Glen Johnson (left)

Liverpool link up: Steven Gerrard (left) and Wayne Rooney (right) will be the toast of their home city if England win the World Cup in Brazil

Liverpool link up: Steven Gerrard (left) and Wayne Rooney (right) will be the toast of their home city if England win the World Cup in Brazil

Knockout punch: Rooney (left) is a big boxing fan and will be hoping to smash the opposition at the World Cup

Knockout punch: Rooney (left) is a big boxing fan and will be hoping to smash the opposition at the World Cup

For all the intrigue surrounding the likes of Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Ross Barkley, Friday night will be Lampard's night.

The Chelsea midfielder earned his 100th cap against Ukraine two months ago, but he has had to wait for the chance to pick up the special golden cap which has been awarded to every centurion since

David Beckham entered the 100 club in 2008.

Lampard, Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard have also passed the 100-cap mark during Rooney's time with the national side and he feels it has been a privilege to play with all of them.

Bring on Brazil: Rooney scored a spectacular goal in a friendly match against Brazil in June. He will be hoping to find the back of the net a lot next summer when England go in search of World Cup glory

Bring on Brazil: Rooney scored a spectacular goal in a friendly match against Brazil in June. He will be hoping to find the back of the net a lot next summer when England go in search of World Cup glory

Having a moan: Rooney had a go at England fans during the last World Cup in South Africa in 2010

Having a moan: Rooney had a go at England fans during the last World Cup in South Africa in 2010

Proud Lion: Rooney kissed the England badge after qualification for the World Cup was secured against Poland

Proud Lion: Rooney kissed the England badge after qualification for the World Cup was secured against Poland

'They are players who are always here and want to play for their country,' said Rooney, who has 86 caps to his name.

'It's great that we've had so many, the likes of Steven, Frank, Ashley who have all got their hundred caps, then I'm not too far behind.

'I'm proud to play for my country and we are always here and always want to do well.

'When you are a young lad you play and try to get into your club first team, then do well enough to hopefully play and represent your whole country.'

 

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200 nations registered with FIFA. England are 10th. Not the best, but very clearly we are not "average".

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Unfortunately for Wayne there are other teams there. All wanting the same!

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england winning wc next year? yeah only if all the brazilian, argentine, spanish, german, belgian, italians, etc etc, are ill, in fact if 60% of the teams in the world are ill, then england MAY have a chance in winning, but seriously there is a reason why european have never won on South American soil, and england can not even be in the Euro semi finals....

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Is he gonna steal it?

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hahahaha no wonder the team struggles at every major tournament... The press puts way too much pressure on the quite frankly very average England team

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How about just kicking the ball properly, lets start there shall we!

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Well can't say he isn't trying to be positive

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Hes been on the stella again

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Pathetic deluded fool

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Dream on

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