Rooney still confident of comfortable England qualification

The Manchester United forward admits the Three Lions were poor in their 1-1 draw with Poland but is not panicking over their prospects of reaching World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney is remaining calm after his national team's poor showing in Poland on Wednesday.

The Three Lions labored to a 1-1 draw in Warsaw on a sodden pitch after the waterlogged surface the previous evening caused the match to be delayed for almost 24 hours.

Rooney scored his 32nd goal for England with a first-half header from Steven Gerrard's corner, before Kamil Glik equalized in the second have to earn the hosts a deserved point. Despite surrendering the lead, Rooney was not too downhearted with a draw, which leaves England at the top of its qualification group after four games.

"It was a difficult game, a difficult pitch," the 26-year-old told reporters. "We weren’t at our best but we dug in and got a draw. We know we can play better, but this is a difficult place to come, so it is a decent point."

Roy Hodgson is yet to lose during a 90-minute contest in his tenure as the national team boss, and after wins away in Moldova and at home to San Marino along with a draw with Ukraine, the Three Lions are still in control of their qualification from Group H. That position has reassured Rooney over the chances of Hodgson’s men reaching the World Cup finals in Brazil in two years time.

"We knew it was a tough group, but we’re still confident," Rooney said. "We believe in ourselves, and we believe we are the best team in the group, so we are confident of qualifying. Hopefully we will win the rest of our home games and have a great chance."

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