Brazil is Rooney's chance to explode on world stage - Hodgson

Injuries and poor form have prevented the Manchester United star from shining at international level since Euro 2004, but the England boss thinks that will change
The World Cup in Brazil provides Wayne Rooney with a chance to prove himself one of the best footballers on the planet, according to England manager Roy Hodgson.

Since his spectacular breakthrough at Euro 2004, a combination of untimely injuries and poor performances have prevented Rooney from shining at a major tournament for the Three Lions.

But Hodgson believes the Manchester United star is well-placed to put that right in Brazil this summer.

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“With Wayne it’s a great opportunity this year to really show on a world stage what a magnificent player he is,” the England boss told reporters.

“Maybe once or twice in the past, I think I can say without fear of contradiction, that on the world stage he hasn’t exploded as he has maybe on our national stage where we all accept him as an outstanding player.

 "I hope with Wayne, and certainly the message to him, is: ‘This is your chance. Sure you’ll be a bit tired. But so will Luis Suárez and David Luiz and other players, because they are also playing in the Premier League and playing every game, like you’.

“I certainly rejoice in the fact that he’s playing so well. Wayne has taken on responsibility with Manchester United and he always takes responsibility with the national team.

"He is 28 and that is a terrific age and this is the world stage, the perfect opportunity for him to prove to people in the world what we already know – that he is a very, very gifted footballer, a very all-round footballer capable of playing in many positions and someone who is a leading light in his team which is one of the best in the world.

“It would be nice to see him reproducing that form for England and I am confident he will. It will be a great opportunity for him in Brazil to show that he is not just a great star in the Premier League, but that he is a world star.”