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Rooney: I'm happy to play anywhere

The Manchester United man indicated he is willing to play whatever position best helps the Three Lions.

England striker Wayne Rooney insists he is happy to play anywhere after he was forced to operate on the left against Ecuador on Wednesday.

Rooney netted a first-half equalizer as England drew 2-2 with Ecuador in an international friendly in Florida - ending his four-game run without a goal for his country - but much of the buildup surrounded Roy Hodgson's team selection.

Hodgson decided to play Rooney on the left, with new Liverpool signing Rickie Lambert picked to lead the line after the Manchester United star was criticized for his performance against Peru at Wembley last week.

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But Rooney, who publicly voiced his displeasure about playing out of position during Sir Alex Ferguson's final season in charge at Old Trafford in 2012-13, says he is willing to play anywhere for England ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

"I enjoy playing for my country, whether it's left wing, right wing, midfield or up front," Rooney told reporters. "I've said before I'm always proud to play for England and that won't change no matter where I am on the pitch.

"It's down to the manager to pick where he wants to play me and I'm happy to play anywhere."

England wraps up World Cup preparations against Honduras on Saturday, before facing Italy in its opening Group D fixture on June 15.

It will also come up against Uruguay and Costa Rica.

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