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Striker had no chat with Capello...

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has insisted that there is no problem with his discipline after the recent focus on his fiery temper at the World Cup.

An allegedly foul-mouthed diatribe delivered to the referee in England's pre-tournament friendly with club side Platinum Stars had led many to speculate that the striker's famous boiling point was getting lower and lower as the World Cup neared.

Fabio Capello reportedly had a conversation with the player about the issue, but Rooney insists that there is no issue about which to be concerned.

"He hasn't mentioned anything to me about my discipline," the striker told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday.

"My discipline's perfectly fine. I think the last time I got booked for England was two or three years ago, so there's no problems with that.

"I was disappointed to get sent off against Portugal four years ago but it's somerthing I've moved on from.

"It's not something I think about at all. So I'm looking forward to this tournament and I'm not thinking about any other tournaments at all."

Rooney is also confident that his partnership with Emile Heskey is going to continue to function effectively, and he claims that he does not feel under any undue pressure because of his recent goal drought for his country.

"I thought we caused problems for the US defence," he added.

"We created chances for the rest of the team and that was important to us. If the manager picks the two of us to play again on Friday then I'm sure we'll cause problems for the Algerian defence.

"We've got players in the team who can score goals. I know for us to do well I'll have to probably play a bit better than I did and score goals.

"But I don't feel pressure as long as the team are doing well and if we can win the next two games I'll be happy.

"I'm happy to be playing. Obviously I'd like to score - don't get me wrong - but if I'm not scoring I'll keep working until I do, so I don't really worry that much about it."

Clint Dempsey has claimed that it was clear that the England players were feeling pressure in the game against the United States, with the Fulham striker asserting that the Englishmen's 'fear' was plain to see.

Rooney scoffed at such suggestions.

"I don't know!" he laughed. "Did they have two or three shots at goal from long distance? They had one good chance really to score a goal.

"So I don't think there was any fear from us. We took the game to them. Unfotunately we didn't get the win but we certainly didn't play with fear.

"I think the game against the USA we started really well.

"I think overall we deserved to win the game. Unfortunately we didn't and we're looking forward to the game on Friday and I'm sure we'll take three points."

Rooney is also looking forward to having Gareth Barry available for selection in the England midfield again.

"He's been training well. We know what sort of player he is," he continued.

"He can sit and hold for us and he keep the ball and he's good in possession so he'll be a different option for us if the manager wants to choose him."

Rooney also brushed off the suggestions made by German legend Franz Beckenbauer that England just played 'kick and rush' football under Fabio Capello.

"It's his opinion. He's entitled to his opinion. We don't really listen to what he has to say. He can say what he wants or think what he wants, but we certainly don't play kick and run," he said.

"So we didn't really take any notice of his comments."

But the striker does think that the Germans have impressed so far in South Africa, although no clear favourite has emerged in his view.

"I think Germany look good. I was impressed with the Ivory Coast's discipline against Portugal yesterday, but I don't think there's been any stand-out teams bar Germany really. All the games have been close," he added.

"We're confident that we can do well. We're capable of beating anyone.

"All the games I've watched so far haven't been that exciting, to be honest, so I'm hoping that it gets a bit more exciting."

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