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Wayne Rooney admits the forthcoming World Cup is his last chance to shine on the biggest stage of all, reports Shaun Custis of The Sun (subscription required).
The Manchester United striker has failed to find form in tournaments with England since bursting on to the international scene under Sven-Goran Eriksson at Euro 2004 before injury curtailed his participation.
Now, at 28, the England star says Brazil will be his final opportunity to prove himself at a World Cup finals.
Rooney is quoted as saying:
At the World Cup in 2018, I’ll be a bit older so it will obviously be difficult to impact that the way I believe I can do.
So, I feel this is the really last big one that will probably get the best out of me. I feel ready, fresh and as good as I can be.
I’ve been here before and I’ve said what I can deliver and what I can do and it hasn’t happened. So this is the one where I have to show what I can do.
I am ready for it. I am excited for it. There will be no excuses this time if I don’t perform. I certainly won’t be looking for any excuses.
Daniel Taylor of The Guardian reports that Rooney will meet with psychiatrist Steve Peters to help him deal with the pressure of the World Cup tournament.