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The striker is happy to be back in the Three Lions squad after missing the September qualifiers through injury, and described their attacking threat as the strongest ever

Wayne Rooney has underlined the importance of England's final two World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland, insisting games "don't get much bigger than this".

The 27-year-old was forced to sit out the 4-0 win over Moldova and 0-0 draw with Ukraine in September due to a head injury, but returns to the Three Lions ranks as they try to book their place in the 2014 World Cup.

England currently led Group H by one point, and know only two wins will see them guarantee qualification, and Rooney is keen to make up for his past missed opportunities.

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"Missing the last two games for any player is disappointing, but to come back in for these two vital games is exciting," he told reporters.

"Myself and the whole squad are really looking forward to the challenge to win these games.

"We have two home games knowing that if we can do that then we’re through to the World Cup. It’s always better to try to get the three points in games rather than one, and I’m sure we’ll do that.

"There has been a great atmosphere around the squad and everyone is excited. They don’t get much bigger than this."

Rooney also praised the strike force at Roy Hodgson's disposal, hailing the current crop as the best he has worked alongside during his involvement in the international fold.

"Since I’ve been in the squad this is probably the best group of forwards we’ve had in terms of ability and goalscoring," he continued.

"Rickie Lambert has come into the squad and is scoring goals for Southampton. You've got Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge, Defoe and myself. There’s a lot of energy and a good blend of forwards.

"[Sturridge] has been in tremendous form and scored a lot of goals. It’s great to see. He’s been given a vote of confidence by his manager at Liverpool, he’s trusted him to play up front and he’s delivered.

"I’m sure if we play together we’ll try to link up and create chances and score goals."

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