Capello warns team against over relying on Rooney for World Cup glory

May 28th, 2010 - 3:48 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 28(ANI): England manager Fabio Capello has warned his team against relying too much on striker Wayne Rooney for winning them the World Cup in South Africa.

Rooney is being hailed as the one-man marvel who will bring home the Cup for England after he grabbed 34 goals in all competitions for Manchester United this season.

However, Capello insists that if England wants to mount a successful challenge then the whole team will have to play out of their skin.

“I do not believe that one player can make all the difference, even if he’s as important as Rooney, who gets everyone behind him, leads them and pulls them into action,” The Daily Star quoted Capello, as saying.

“It is the team which wins, particularly in a World Cup. The most important thing is the group, the spirit of togetherness,” he added.

Capello also backed Rooney to improve his international performance during the tournament. The striker has scored just once in his last seven internationals including a blank against Mexico on Monday.

“Yes, Rooney has not scored lately, but all he does in training gives me the maximum comfort, because he has recovered 100 per cent. I’ve always told him to play more central. He has all the qualities of a top goalscorer,” Capello said.

“Before, he always helped his team-mates, running everywhere, and in so doing he was spending a lot of energy. Now that he keeps more in front of goal he’s fresher and sharper, so he scores more,” he added. (ANI)

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