Rooney keen to kick on

  • Last Updated: June 13 2014, 14:08 BST

Wayne Rooney is well aware of his importance to England's World Cup prospects and hopes to kick on after recently ending a four-match scoring drought.

Wayne Rooney in an England training session in Brazil
Wayne Rooney in an England training session in Brazil

Up until last week's close-range tap-in against Ecuador, the 28-year-old had gone 365 minutes without scoring for the Three Lions.

Rooney's relief was clear as he punched the air after netting in Miami, where he also played the first half of England's storm-effected goalless draw with Honduras on Saturday.

It was another important run-out for the striker after missing the end of Manchester United's season through injury and, now fully fit, he hopes that scruffy strike against Ecuador can spark a run of goals.

"I hope it can be the catalyst for me," Rooney told Standard Sport. "The Honduras game was frustrating in terms of getting stopped - playing two halves of one half, I played.

"I just want to try and do well. If the way previous years have gone, in terms of scoring bunches... if that happens, then great.

"There have been times where, unfairly, I have been pulled up on it, for not scoring for a few games.

"I remember somebody saying I hadn't scored for six games and I was literally playing in a deep-lying midfield role for those six games, which seemed a bit unfair. It is something that I have never really quite understood.

"I want to do well. I want to score goals and help England be successful. I know if I have a good tournament, if I play well, then the team will play well."