Rooney buoyed by England's young stars

The Manchester United striker says that goalscoring debutant Andros Townsend has an exciting future as part of a wealth of emerging talent at Roy Hodgson's disposal
Wayne Rooney believes that England boast a wealth of young talent who are ready for next summer's World Cup - providing that Roy Hodgson's side secure qualification on Tuesday.

Friday's 4-1 victory over Montenegro means that the Three Lions require a win against Poland at Wembley to top Group H and seal a spot in Brazil.

The Football Association has put in place a commission in order to improve the national side but Rooney argues that the current crop of players who have emerged are ready to make an impact.

"We have to reach the finals first but I am sure, once we do that, the manager will have a few games to prepare for the tournament," the Manchester United forward told reporters.

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"We have got some very exciting players, young exciting players. I think all the talk about 'there's not enough good English players' - well, we have got six, seven or eight young players.

"Andros did great - he's an exciting player with a great future - and then you have [Danny] Welbeck, [Daniel] Sturridge, [Phil] Jones, [Chris] Smalling, [Jack] Wilshere, [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain, [Theo] Walcott - the players we have got there, there's some talent.

"So we are happy with the squad we have got and are looking forward to the future."

Rooney expects that Poland will offer a tougher test than Montenegro, however, and warns that England must be wary of the visitors' threat on the break.

"It's a massive game," he observed. "Poland are probably a better team at the moment than Montenegro.

"I think they are much more dangerous on the counterattacks and we will have to prepare well for that but, if we perform like we did against Montenegro, then we will be okay."