England targeting World Cup victory, says Rooney

The Manchester United striker, buoyed by a successful and unbeaten qualifying campaign for Brazil, has backed the Three Lions to end their 47-year trophy drought
England striker Wayne Rooney is targeting World Cup triumph at next summer's tournament in Brazil.

The 28-year-old has scored more goals in competitive matches than any other player in England's history but has so far failed to push his side to glory on the biggest stage of international football.

FA Chairman Greg Dyke recently claimed that nobody "realistically thinks" the country can win the 2014 World Cup, but Rooney has challenged that assertion after what he feels was a strong campaign.

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"We want to try and do what no team has done since 1966 and win a major trophy," he told the FA’s official website. "That's the aim for us all and that's what we hope we can do.

"It's been a good campaign. The aim was to finish top of the group and that's what we done. We played some good football in some of the games and we dug in in others. Overall we are pleased with the way it went."

Rooney, who will see Frank Lampard presented with his golden cap against Chile, believes the core of experienced players England boast, which also includes Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole, will be invaluable in Brazil.

"They are players who are always here and want to play for their country," he continued. "It's great that we've had so many, the likes of Steven, Frank, Ashley who have all got their hundred caps.

"Then I'm not too far behind. They are players who are always here and want to play for their country. I'm proud to play for my country and we are always here and always want to do well.

"When you are a young lad you play and try to get into your club first team, then do well enough to hopefully play and represent your whole country."